After making the bold decision to help confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Sen. Susan Collins received a lot of threats, but she also received a powerful text from Kavanaugh.
Throughout September and early October, Kavanaugh’s only obstacle between him and the Supreme Court seemed to be a flimsy sexual assault accusation from a California professor, Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 80s, but didn’t come forward about it until she sent a letter to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in late July.
Feinstein rallied her Democratic colleagues to start a smear campaign against Kavanaugh on behalf of Ford, even after Ford’s allegations were thoroughly discredited.
One of the left’s tactics during the Kavanaugh debacle was to pressure moderate Republicans, especially Collins.
Because of the attention surrounding Collins’ vote, and her eventual vote in favor of Kavanaugh, she was subject to attacks and threats from the left.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 20, 2018
In one instance shortly after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Collins received a suspicious letter that had to be investigated by the police.
However, not all of the messages Collins received were bad. In fact, Kavanaugh sent her an encouraging text after being confirmed.
In an exclusive Fox News interview Thursday, Collins was asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum if she has heard from Kavanaugh since the confirmation.
“I have gotten one text message from him right after it in which he said that he would work hard to make me proud and the American people proud,” Collins said.
This reveals a lot about Kavanaugh’s character. He knew that Collins was under fire, so he reached out and offered a reassuring message.
Later in the segment, Collins said that she doesn’t regret her decision, even if she loses her seat in 2020.
“The easier vote, politically, clearly, would have been for me to vote no, but that would not have been the right vote,” Collins said. “And I have to live with myself and I want to be able to look in the mirror in the morning and know that I did what I felt was right, no matter what the consequences may be.”
Collins also mentioned the intimidation tactics used by the left.
“My job as a United States senator is to apply my best judgement and that’s what I did in this case, despite tremendous pressure, horrible tactics, abuse of my family, my staff, and myself. But I really won’t ever be intimidated. I have to do what I think is right,” Collins said.
While she might not be the strongest conservative out there, Collins should be applauded for boldly standing up to the left’s underhanded tactics.
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