McConnell On Kavanaugh Effect: ‘Very Helpful’

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

The stunning 2018 midterm election saw Democrats regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans secure and swell their majority in the U.S. Senate.

In the most recent totals, Democrats gained 30 seats in the House and Republicans gained two seats in the Senate, with some crucial races still too close to call. Democrats retaking control of the House was a move expected by the majority of pollsters however, many did not expect such a strong GOP showing in the Senate.

Harris, Republican candidate from North Carolina's 9th Congressional district speaks as U.S. President Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Charlotte

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In a victorious press conference Wednesday morning, Leader Mitch McConnell sent a clear message to Pelosi in the house that “presidential harassment” was not a wise tactic. (RELATED: Kellyanne Conway Says Nancy Pelosi Didn’t Mention Investigations And Subpoenas In Election Night Call With Trump)

Some Democrats have openly mused about filing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

President Donald J. Trump and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh at a courtesy visit in the Justices’ Conference Room prior to the investiture ceremony. (Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)

President Donald J. Trump and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh at a courtesy visit in the Justices’ Conference Room prior to the investiture ceremony. (Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)

When McConnell was asked about the effect Brett Kavanaugh had on the 2018 election, he did not hold back, calling the allegations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee “an adrenaline shot.”

“Any observations on the Kavanaugh effect?” a reporter asked.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Republican Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis during a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“Very helpful,” McConnell said immediately. He continued:

I think the Republicans, core voters in the states that were critical to us, were highly offended by the tactics and it was like an adrenalin shot. We were worried about lack of intensity on our side and I think the Kavanaugh fight certainly provided that and was extremely helpful. It is noteworthy that the one Democrat in a red state who survived voted for Kavanaugh — Joe Manchin.

Manchin won his race in deep red West Virginia comfortably after announcing he would be the only Democrat to not vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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