Donald Trump and the Republican Party likely thought that the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was in the bag even despite the many sexual assault allegations and the resulting FBI investigation. At a time when a white, entitled man can be accused of raping numerous women yet still become the President of the United States, the Republican Party has gotten comfortable. However, they just got a big reality check.
While the Senate has voted to move ahead on Kavanaugh’s nomination, it’s not going to be as easy as they think it is to confirm Kavanaugh. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has just voted no on moving to a final vote to confirm the Supreme Court nominee.
Lisa Murkowski is a NO on advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination. Collins, Flake, and Manchin are YES.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 5, 2018
Last night, it was reported that Murkowski held a powerful closed-door meeting with sexual assault survivors in which she listened to their concerns and stories. Clearly, the meeting had an impact and heavily influenced her decision. In response to her decision, Murkowski has issued this statement:
Full quote from Murkowski to a gaggle this hour: pic.twitter.com/tT3EeBWzqP
— Elise Viebeck (@eliseviebeck) October 5, 2018
Other Republican senators who were considered swing votes, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), both voted yes on moving Kavanaugh’s nomination forward.
Murkowski’s vote is sending the GOP into a state of panic because the margin of error for Republicans is now only one. When the final vote is taken, if Flake or Collins decide to vote no, Kavanaugh’s nomination is over with and the GOP will be one step closer to extinction. Already, it is being reported that Flake is having doubts about Kavanaugh and is taking issue with supporting him. The final vote is expected to happen on Saturday.
The fact that the GOP is still even trying to get Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court speaks volumes about how party has become far more important than morals and justice.
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