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[WATCH] So Concerned: Manchin and Collins Complain SCOTUS Justices ‘Misled’ Them About Roe

[WATCH] So Concerned: Manchin and Collins Complain SCOTUS Justices ‘Misled’ Them About Roe

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-(WV) criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, after they voted to confirm Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, two key votes in the decision to overturn a half-century-old precedent. “This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins blasted the ruling as “a sudden and radical jolt to the country that will lead to political chaos, anger, and a further loss of confidence in our government.”

Manchin said he’s “deeply disappointed” in the justices. “I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans,” he said. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch provided the critical votes to the Supreme Court majority to eliminate Roe v. Wade.

Kavanaugh told the Senate at his 2018 confirmation hearing that the Roe decision “is an important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times.” Gorsuch, at his 2017 hearing, said of Roe that “a good judge will consider it as precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court.” Critics of Manchin and Collins described them as naive, if not willfully ignorant of what some said at the time was the likely endgame if the two conservatives were added to the court. Twitter certainly let them both know about it.

 

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