Trump Hits Back After Collins Says She'll Vote Against Barrett's Nomination Before Election
- 37.3K Views
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins appears set on voting against confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, and President Donald Trump is not happy about it.
The president took to Twitter and said convincing Collins to vote in favor of Barrett is “not worth the work,” noting that she has not supported him on other issues in the past.
“There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court nominee,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different.”
He added: “Not worth the work!”
The president’s comments come as Collins has maintained that she will not vote to confirm Barrett so close to the election.
“It’s no comment on her, it’s a comment on the process of rushing through a nomination in such a short time before a presidential election,” Collins said last Monday.
Collins isn't the only Senate Republican to worry about, either.
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has not revealed how she will vote, though previously said she “would not support” the Senate taking up a potential Supreme Court nominee before the election.
However, Collins and Murkowski's votes may not actually matter in the end.
Assuming both Collins and Murkowski actually vote "no," two more Republican senators would have to vote against Barrett.
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney announced last week that he will vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.
"The historical precedent of election-year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own," Romney said in a statement.
“The Constitution gives the president the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that last week that Barrett has enough votes to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
McConnell says Barrett will likely clear the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 22nd and receive a full vote on the 23rd.
“We have the votes,” McConnell said.
As such, this will give Republicans a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court.