President Trump said Friday that convincing Republican Senator Susan Collins to vote for his Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is “not worth working on,” noting that the Maine senator has not previously supported him on other issues.
“There’s an ugly rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not support our major U.S. Supreme Court candidate,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Well, she did not support Healthcare or my opening of the 5,000 square mile Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different.”
He added: “Not worth the work!”
The president’s comments come as Collins has claimed she will not vote to confirm Barrett so close to the election.
Collins, 67, who has served in the Senate since 1997, is among a handful of Republican senators who are occasionally willing to break rank with his party.
Her crucial vote to uphold justice Brett Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court in 2018 angered many progressive women across the country who were against his nomination over allegations of sexual assault. Many Mainers are determined to remove her.
Collins is up for re-election on November 3 and is in a tough battle with votes showing her opponent, Maine House speaker Sara Gideon, in the lead.
Meanwhile, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., Has not revealed how she will vote, though she has previously said she “will not support” the Senate admitting a potential Supreme Court candidate before the election.
ROMNEY SAYS HE WILL VOTE TO CONFIRM AMY CONEY BARRETT
Collins and Murkowski as well as Senate Democrats have protested a confirmation so close to the election, citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
McConnell, R-Ky., Has said the current situation is different because the White House and Senate are not held by opposing parties.
Republicans, however, appear to have votes to move forward and confirm Barrett. Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate and can therefore afford three layoffs if no Democrats vote for the nominee. In this case, Vice President Mike Pence would be called in to break the tie.
On Wednesday, Republican Senator Mitt Romney in Utah said he would vote to confirm Barrett before the Supreme Court, after being the only Republican to vote to convict President Trump during the indictments.
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“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote for her confirmation before the Supreme Court,” Romney said in a statement released Thursday. “She is impressive and her prominent legal and academic credentials. makes it clear that she is exceptionally well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court judge. ”
He added: “I am convinced that she will faithfully apply the law and our constitution impartially and regardless of political preferences.”