Coat Hangers, Verbal Threats, & Bribery: The Campaign to Sway Susan Collins on SCOTUS Coat Hangers, Verbal Threats, & Bribery: The Campaign to Sway Susan Collins on SCOTUS – NTK Network

Coat Hangers, Verbal Threats, & Bribery: The Campaign to Sway Susan Collins on SCOTUS

Some liberal groups are taking a conventional approach to sway Sen. Susan Collins's (R-ME) vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Other activists appear to be resorting to threats and grisly tactics.

By NTK Staff | 09.12.2018 @9:00am
Coat Hangers, Verbal Threats, & Bribery: The Campaign to Sway Susan Collins on SCOTUS

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is one of the swing votes for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming Supreme Court confirmation vote. How Collins decides, as one of only a few Republicans on the fence about Kavanaugh, could determine whether the Senate elevates Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

It is unsurprising, then, that both liberal and conservative interests are pressuring Collins ahead of her decision. Demand Justice, the lead liberal group opposing Kavanaugh, is running an ad in Maine insisting Collins vote against Kavanaugh.

What is surprising is some of the tactics that Kavanaugh opponents are allegedly resorting to in their efforts to push Collins to vote ‘no.’

Here are just a few of those tactics.

COAT HANGERS

According to a New York Times story published Tuesday, Collins’s office estimates she has “received about 3,000 coat hangers by mail to date.” This is a reference to liberal concerns Kavanaugh would help end Roe v. Wade, the decision that prohibited states from outlawing abortion.

Aides to Ms. Collins estimated that her offices received about 3,000 coat hangers by mail to date, a reference to a time before Roe v. Wade, when some women used wire coat hangers to try to end unwanted pregnancies.

Collins has donated some of those coat hangers to a thrift shop helping low-income women.

THREATS

According to NBC News, Collins’s office is receiving abusive calls, and some threats, from angry callers opposed to Kavanaugh.

One caller on Friday, September 7 at 6:11 p.m., left a message saying, in part: “If you care at all about women’s choice, vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh. Don’t be a dumb bitch. F*** you also.”

In a second voice mail, the caller calls Collins “a feckless, feckless, feckless woman standing there letting Trump and his appointees steal the right to choose what women do with their bodies. And you stood by, ‘Oh, I don’t know. I’m so naive.’ F*** you. F*** you.”

Collins told reporters Tuesday that one caller even said he hoped a Collins staffer “would be raped and impregnated.”

BRIBERY? EXTORTION?

Reporters and Collins are also starting to pay attention to a weeks-long campaign seeking to use small-dollar donations to pressure her into voting ‘no’ on Kavanaugh.

The campaign, which has raised over $1 million, may constitute illegal bribery or extortion, according to Collins.

“I have had three attorneys tell me that they think it is a clear violation of the federal law on bribery,” Ms. Collins says. “Actually, two told me that; one told me it’s extortion.”

A Wall Street Journal editorial on the campaign noted that these “undignified theatrics” are unlikely to sway Collins, who is a proud political independent.

Groups like Demand Justice are aggressively pushing Collins to vote ‘no,’ but they have yet to call out the questionable, “undignified,” and (possibly) illegal tactics of some anti-Kavanaugh voices.

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