Collins says she put herself 'in his shoes' when considering Kavanaugh's temperament

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, voted on Saturday to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh. (She has offered no alternative theory for these seemingly-contradictory positions; perhaps she subscribes to the libelous Ed Whelan Tweet thread theory.) On Sunday, Collins said that she hopes this controversy prompts more women to report their assaults when they occur-a tacit criticism of Ford, even though her assault occurred in an era when victims of sexual assault were (somehow) taken even less seriously than they are today. The Bangor Daily News reported that the senator was greeted by protesters when she switched planes in Philadelphia while traveling from Washington, ME on Saturday night following the final vote on Kavanaugh.

Pelley initiated the conversation with Collins and said: 'There are many who believe that judge Kavanuagh will be the vote that results in abortion becoming illegal in the United States. and I wonder if you are concerned about that?' "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred; none of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night".

"I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", Collins added.

Later on Sunday morning, she told ABC's Jonathan Karl, host of "This Week", that she had already decided on her no vote on Kavanaugh prior to his testimony.

Collins explained that her decision to support Kavanaugh was influenced by an absence of evidence corroborating Ford's account, including the failure of Ford's longtime friend Leland Keyser to corroborate it.

'I asked him, "Is it sufficient? if five current, sitting justices believe that Roe should be overturned?"'

"First of all, I have never disregarded, disrespected or mocked survivors".

A letter sent to Collins' office warned that if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh "EVERY waitress who serves you is going to spit in your food, and that's if you're lucky you (expletive)".

"The threats and opposition she has faced as of late did not deter her from her duties and convictions", he said. "My voting record clearly shows that". "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said. The "process has finally hit rock bottom", she said.

We're already starting to get an idea of who might challenge Collins in 2020.

The Maine senator faces re-election in two years. "That's what I did in this case", she said.

Collins gave the White House a reason to be optimistic when she told CNN she found it to be a 'very thorough investigation'.

"[Witnesses who were interviewed] all said they have no recollection".

Collins also reacted to the fiery protests in the days leading up to the Senate vote. But the Christian Right didn't push for Kavanaugh's confirmation so aggressively because they think he shares the more libertarian views that retired Justice Anthony Kennedy had on abortion rights; Kavanaugh was nominated because he is an "originalist" or "strict constructionist" and a hardcore social conservative.

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