Watch Sen. John N. Kennedy eviscerate Trump judicial nominee

Louisiana’s junior U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy, a Republican, has often baffled national political observers with his Foghorn Leghorn-like persona and penchant for meaningless hucksterisms, but earlier today, for the first time, the country caught a glimpse of a side of Kennedy that he has taken tremendous pains to conceal from his conservative base back home: The elitist lawyer with degrees from Vanderbilt, UVA, and Oxford. The video, first posted by his colleague Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, quickly went viral. Kennedy’s performance today was notable and nonetheless exposed how unqualified so many of Trump’s nominees have proven to be. There’s also an utterly confusing moment at the end, in which Kennedy asks the panel of nominees whether any of them have ever blogged in support of the Ku Klux Klan. Watch the video: The Bayou Brief is a non-profit news publication that relies 100% on donations from our readers. Help support independent journalism about the stories of Louisiana through a monthly or one-time donation by clicking here.