Democrats and liberal pundits have unbelievably been defending the outrageous threats against Sen. Susan Collins over her impeding vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
While there is no end to the firestorms the left creates over every word coming from President Donald Trump and his administration officials, it seems they have no problem with unhinged threats leveled against a Republican lawmaker who is set to vote on the president’s Supreme Court nominee.
Sen. Chris Coons seemed to defend the “well justified” harassment of the Maine Republican and others to vote against the nomination of Kavanaugh.
“I have to ask you about some of the tactics of some of the special interest groups,” MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Coons on Wednesday. “You’ve heard reports, there’s been coat hangers sent to Senator Susan Collins’ office. Some really nasty voicemails that have been played, you know the tactics, it seems that the extreme tactics being used, I’m sure you get that there’s a lot of passion, what do you make of them?”
“There is a huge amount of passion, as I think the whole country saw, dozens of people were arrested in the course of the hearings,” the Delaware Democrat replied.
“All of our offices have gotten hundreds if not thousands of calls, many on a daily basis, and I think that’s well justified because of the level of fear, of concern, of anxiety, both about the unpredictable behavior of our president, and the ways in which the Supreme Court may very well shift to a conservative majority for years or decades to come and decide vital issues about individual liberty in this country,” he said.
An MSNBC panel also defended the abuse and threats, including someone sending Collins wire coat hangers, as “the passion of the people.”
After listening to audio clips of the alleged disgusting and disturbing calls to Collins, panelists, including PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent, NBC News political contributor Yamiche Alcindor and Axios reporter Alexi McCammond appeared to rationalize the shocking messages.
Defending the calls as simply “the passion of the people,” Alcindor declared that even though the language is “abhorrent,” it is excusable since the calls are focused on “life and death issues.”
Collins’ Maine offices, and staff in those offices, have been subjected to vulgar messages threatening rape and assault as the pro-choice Republican, considered a swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation, is pressured to vote against him.
Collins slammed an attempt to coerce her when progressive activists launched a crowdfunding campaign to replace her if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
“I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” Collins said.
“This effort will not influence my vote at all,” she added. “I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge’s opponents have stooped.”
Those “new lows” have been on full display in the spectacle Democrats created during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings last week. With confrontational grilling of Kavanaugh by Democrats and shouts from protesters, the process was lamented by liberal darling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who opined the loss of more professional behavior by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was,” the 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice said at a talk at George Washington University Law School.
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