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An old Susan Collins tweet about Al Franken has come back to haunt her

Not a good look for Collins.


Stacey Ritzen

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Posted on Oct 6, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 4:49 am CDT

The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now looks all but certain, especially after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced during a lengthy speech on Friday that she would be voting for Trump’s pick, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

So unless there’s an 11th hour change of heart by either Collins or Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) or Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)—all once possible swing votes—it appears that Kavanaugh will indeed be the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

Collins’ announcement was instantly met with widespread outrage. The Senator’s Wikipedia page was edited to state that she was a “traitor to women” and “a character from the book The Handmaid’s Tale” on Friday afternoon, in reference to “Aunt Lydia,” the cruel overseer of the handmaids.

Likewise, an online fundraising campaign to fund a future opponent for Collins quickly raised $2 million dollars before it crashed.

Given the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in high school, Collins’ decision seems personal for many women and sexual assault survivors.

On top if everything else, an old tweet from Nov. 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins. In the midst of the Al Franken sexual misconduct scandal, Collins tweeted, “Sexual harassment and assault have no place in any workplace. The reports involving Senator Franken are disturbing. His belated apology was certainly warranted.”

Unsurprisingly, people have dug up that old tweet and are now using it point out Collins’ apparent hypocrisy regarding her position on Kavanaugh.

It seems highly unlikely, but Collins could potentially still change her mind before the confirmation vote. Even if she doesn’t believe the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, the threat of losing her Senate seat in 2020 might change it for her.

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*First Published: Oct 6, 2018, 11:58 am CDT