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Jimmy Carter: Kavanaugh is 'unfit' to be a Supreme Court justice

The Hill logo The Hill 10/18/2018 Avery Anapol

In a Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, former US President Jimmy Carter listens during a video interview with the Associated Press via a laptop at a hotel in London. © AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth In a Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, former US President Jimmy Carter listens during a video interview with the Associated Press via a laptop at a hotel in London. Former President Jimmy Carter harshly criticized newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling him "unfit" to serve on the court.

Speaking to a class at Emory University in Atlanta on Wednesday, Carter said that Kavanaugh's behavior during his confirmation hearings demonstrated that his appointment was "a very serious mistake," according to Emory's independent, student-run newspaper, The Emory Wheel.

"Whether or not [Kavanaugh] attempted to rape [Christine Blasey Ford], I thought he was temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court because of his outburst during the hearing," Carter said, according to video taken by a student during his remarks. "I saw him lose his cool."

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Kavanaugh's confirmation process was derailed after Ford, a California professor, accused him of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s.

After testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh, the Senate ultimately voted to confirm President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

Carter is just one of a number of political leaders to take issue with Kavanaugh's testimony on the allegations, which critics said was "non-judicial" and "partisan."

During his testimony, Kavanaugh became visibly angry and called the opposition to his nomination "revenge on behalf of the Clintons."

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