Sen. Susan Collins broke hearts Friday in Hollywood and elsewhere around the country with the announcement that she will vote for President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, the Republican from Maine ended speculation that she would dissent from the rest of her party and block the nomination.
While the official vote isn’t expected until Saturday, Kavanaugh now has a clear path to a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land, despite the sexual misconduct allegations that have been brought against him by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women.
Hollywood — and people everywhere else — lit up social media with their reactions.
Susan Collins you are a betrayer of women.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) October 5, 2018
Susan Collins giving Kavanaugh all the passes. The double standards that conservatives build into their thinking and into our institutions are sickening.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 5, 2018
Susan Collins about to bring out Louis CK for a quick set
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 5, 2018
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 5, 2018
Is there going to be a turning point in this @SenatorCollins speech, or is it just a long and full normalization of President Trump?
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 5, 2018
Susan Collins gets to go on and on about Kavanaugh on the Senate Floor but Senators are limited to 5 mins of questions during a hearing for a lifetime appointment….
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 5, 2018
Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe “settled law.” Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 5, 2018
As a Buddhist it is my practice to have compassion for all people. But @SenatorCollins is really testing my limits right now.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 5, 2018
You had the opportunity to claim a legacy as a pivotal, forward-thinking voice in the enterprise of progress, of cultural evolution. Alas, @SenatorCollins, you will fade into history as a follower, not a leader. https://t.co/xDPAjEmO1i
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 5, 2018
Women . Women not believing women. Assuring the rise of toxic masculinity, and giving it a permanent home. I feel utter despair right now -funding Susan Collins Dem opponent won’t save the generations of women who’s lives will suffer b/c of Kavanaugh. Donating anyway.
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) October 5, 2018
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