Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says people spat at him over his support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Graham asked “Fox and Friends” viewers on Tuesday whether they wanted to have their government “run by a mob” or “rule of law.”

“What kind of country do you want and who do you want to run it? Do you want these people who spit on me and yelled at me being in charge? Or do you want a more orderly process?” Graham said, later adding that “people in the hall” had “spit at” him.

Republican lawmakers who were supportive of Kavanaugh during his confirmation process, especially after he was accused of sexual assault, faced intense pressure from protesters to change their vote.

In response to the protests and Democrats’ handling of the allegations against Kavanaugh, which he denied, Republican lawmakers have begun referring to the Democratic Party as “the mob.”

“Everybody decided to stand up to the mob, to not be intimidated by these people,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. “I couldn’t be prouder of my members for refusing to roll over under all of this intense pressure, all of these lies. This is a great day for America.”

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