When Donald Trump was elected to the presidency, there was hope that Susan Collins would help hold the line against him. At times she did, but many other times she didn’t.
Despite being pro-choice herself, Collins had no problem supporting anti-choice Supreme Court Justices. While she opposed the nomination of extremist Amy Coney Barrett, she supported Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
It was leaked last night that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch would likely be voting to overturn Roe vs Wade. Collins explained on Tuesday that if this was true, it went against what they told her.
The Maine senator told reporters, “If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office.”
Susan Collins: “If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 3, 2022
This is just another instance in a long list of times that Collins has been surprised by something other Republicans did. Of course, her most famous comments came after she voted to acquit Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial. She said at the time:
“I believe that the president has learned from this case. The president has been impeached. That’s a pretty big lesson. He was impeached. And there has been criticism by both Republican and Democratic senators of his call. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future.”
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