Constituents at a town hall on Saturday shouted down Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as he tried to defend his support of Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
When Graham brought up his intention to approve Gorsuch, audience members began shouting “Merrick Garland!”
Many of those opposed to Gorsuch’s nomination remain angry that Republicans last year refused to allow hearings for Garland, former President Barack Obama’s nominee for the seat.
Graham argued that Democrats protesting Gorsuch by referring to Garland “is like an arsonist complaining about a fire.”
He insisted that Republicans were correct to block Garland’s nomination because it came during an election year, and accused opponents of Gorsuch of “being blinded by your own partisanship.”
Graham criticized Senate Democrats, who have pledged to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination, calling the move “a very dangerous path.”
“If I have to, I will vote to change the rules because I am not going to allow President Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you’re mad, and you can’t accept the outcome of an election,” he said, to boos from the audience.
On Sunday morning, Graham reiterated his support for Gorsuch by tweeting a clip of the town hall.