On Thursday, CNN reporter Manu Raju announced that during the Kavanaugh hearings, Maine Sen. Susan Collins had said she would support Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Then, hours later, Collins said that she would vote no. Then, hours after that, she backtracked, saying that she thought Judge Kavanaugh may have “possibly” done some “bad things” on occasion, but that “his idealism and his positive heart” won out.
What the heck is going on with Collins?
A lot of people have been asking, and now the White House has weighed in:
Senator Collins is a true friend and a true fighter, but she’s wrong on Kavanaugh. I want her to understand and to hear from millions of Americans who want Kavanaugh to be on the Court. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
“Senator Collins is a true friend and a true fighter, but she’s wrong on Kavanaugh,” President Trump said in a tweet Wednesday. “I want her to understand and to hear from millions of Americans who want Kavanaugh to be on the Court.”
As the day progressed, the White House continued to antagonize Senator Collins. The president made a beeline for Bangor, Maine, to campaign for fellow Republican Gov. Paul LePage, then sat for interviews with four local Fox and NBC affiliates before heading back to Washington. The president responded to a New York Times tweet — which claimed that White House chief of staff John Kelly had told Senator Doug Jones that Judge Brett Kavanaugh had been sexually assaulted during a polygraph test — by saying that the president had not ordered Jones to lie.