If ever something could be considered a sure sign that a member of Congress was acting more as a political opportunist than a principled legislator, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) getting to take the moral high ground just might be it.
As journalists scrambled about the grounds of the Capitol seeking hot takes after the story broke of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, two specific Republicans in name only (RINO) found themselves somewhat bereft of genuine party affiliation.
Should the opinion hold true and Roe v. Wade be overturned, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska hold the unique position of having voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees pivotal in the outcome while opposing that result.
Ocasio-Cortez was more than willing to speak her piece on their expressed moral outrage, slamming them for their complicity in the chain of events on Twitter, “Murkowski voted for Amy Coney Barrett when Trump himself proclaimed that he was appointing justices specifically to overturn Roe.”
Murkowski voted for Amy Coney Barrett when Trump himself proclaimed that he was appointing justices specifically to overturn Roe.
She and Collins betrayed the nation’s reproductive rights when they were singularly capable of stopping the slide. They don’t get to play victim now https://t.co/6i7b3g08lN
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 3, 2022
“She and Collins,” AOC continued, “betrayed the nation’s reproductive rights when they were singularly capable of stopping the slide. They don’t get to play victim now.”
While Collins had voted in favor of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, she had voted against Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Murkowski had abstained from the vote on Kavanaugh but voted in favor of Coney Barrett and Gorsuch. Both senators hold pro-abortion positions.
Asked if she was mislead by Kavanaugh, Collins told us: “My statement speaks for itself”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 3, 2022
“If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate,” Collins was reported commenting after the leak, “it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office.”
During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, Collins said of her conversation with him, “We talked about whether he considered Roe to be settled law. He said he agreed with what Chief Justice Roberts said at his nomination hearing, in which he said that it was settled law.”
Murkowski went on record issuing similar remarks when she was confronted by the press going as far as to say, “it rocks my confidence in the court right now.”
I asked her to elaborate — “if the decision is going the way that the draft that has been revealed is actually the case, it was not the direction that I believed that the court would take based on statements have been made about Roe being settled and being precedent.” https://t.co/3QpLTezYvg
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) May 3, 2022
“If the decision is going the way that the draft that has been revealed is actually the case, it was not the direction that I believed that the court would take based on statements have been made about Roe being settled and being precedent,” she expressed.
Sen Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) doesn’t like where this court is headed ===> pic.twitter.com/NOfLGnjRGb
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) May 3, 2022
“Roe is still the law of the land,” Murkowski continued. “We don’t know the direction that this decision will ultimately take, but if, if it goes in the direction that this leaked copy has indicated, I will just tell you that it, it, it rocks my confidence in the court right now.”
While Collins’s position is relatively secure having been reelected in 2020, Murkowski is facing a tough primary challenge from the Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka. The Senate hopeful issued her own statement on the leak calling the potential outcome in part, “a victory for the rule of law.”
If the leaked draft opinion is indicative of what the majority opinion will be via Roe v. Wade, it will be a massive victory for millions of pre-born children. Check out my statement on the SCOTUS leak below⬇️ pic.twitter.com/xcQGiSvJz1
— Kelly Tshibaka – Text KELLY to 20903 (@KellyForAlaska) May 3, 2022
As Democrats pursue various means to turn this into a political victory, up to and including the elimination of the filibuster, a decision by Murkowski to side with the left could ultimately cost her seat.
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