Former president George W. Bush — who has been a thorn in President Trump’s side in recent years — called Republican Senator Susan Collins several times during the past few days to urge her to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former Bush White House aide.
“Bush called a number of senators,” according to multiple press reports. “He spoke repeatedly to Collins and reassured her about Kavanaugh’s character and temperament.”
Collins, who had been wavering for weeks, announced on Friday afternoon (October 5) that she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Her “yes” vote — along with that of Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Joe Manchin — secured the 51-49 majority the Senate Republicans need to confirm Kavanaugh.
In a 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, Susan Collins explained that she had examined the 11th hour allegations against Kavanaugh and found them to be not credible.
Moreover, Collins said she reviewed Judge Kavanaugh’s decades-long career in public service and his judicial record, and said she feels confident that he belongs on the U.S. Supreme Court.
While Susan Collins is winning praise from Republicans for supporting the SCOTUS nominee of a Republican president (which is something she should be doing anyway), the real hero is Democrat Joe Manchin, who defied his own party to vote for Kavanaugh.
Critics say Manchin’s vote was politically motivated, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take courage to stand up to the leftist mob. It did. Thank you, Senator Manchin.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 5, 2018
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — another hero in this Kavanaugh media circus — said it was important to confirm Kavanaugh to prove that public lynch mobs cannot dictate who should be seated on the Supreme Court.
“There was no evidence to corroborate any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh,” McConnell told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “We have reaffirmed in this country that you’re presumed innocent.”
McConnell continued: “We also learned that you should not allow mobs to intimidate you. It was a good lesson for us, it unified the conference, made us excited about the November election. And it was good for the American people to see that these [mobs] didn’t get away with it. They did not win. That’s the most important thing.”
McConnell said he’s proud of his fellow senators for standing their ground against vicious, defamatory smears by leftist mobs intent on destroying an innocent man in a naked bid for political power.
“We’ve sort of been under assault,” McConnell said. “Everybody decided to stand up to the mob. They’re not being intimidated by these people. I couldn’t be prouder of my members for refusing to roll over under all of this intense pressure, all of these lies. This is a great day for America.”
Update: Congratulations Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh!
JUSTICE Brett Kavanaugh.
Congrats, Mitch. pic.twitter.com/XjJMAI1VHW
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏼🌲🎁 (@CalebJHull) October 6, 2018
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