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McConnell: 'Our Base Is on Fire'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanked Democrats and other activists for their anger, their chants, and their hatred for Judge Brett Kavanaugh for propelling the nominee to the Supreme Court.

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“I want to thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base,” McConnell said.

In fact, the deep opposition to Kavanaugh was a “great political gift” to Republicans ahead of the midterms.

"Our base is fired up," he said. The Democrats have been fired up all year, but now they "finally" found the one issue that will rile up Republicans.

"The tactics that were employed by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the virtual mob that has assaulted all of us has turned our base on fire," McConnell added at a Capitol Hill press conference after the vote.

While the confirmation process for Kavanaugh is considered by many to be a low point in history, McConnell noted that there have been much lower points in American history, like the rise of the KKK, and the McCarthy era.

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MSNBC's Joy Reid sounded off on McConnell's remarks, noting that "the mob" he is referring to, is "women." She went on to call him a hypocrite because he is the one who "destroyed the Senate." 

She called him "creepily admirable" for saying there have been other low points in history that we have overcome. 

She went on.

"I can't believe there is a human being" who can destroy the Senate and then claim it is the Democrats' fault. "He's claiming to be a victim while holding pure unadulterated power." 

"This man has no sense!" she added.

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