- The Washington Times - Friday, December 21, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday that the harassment, threats and intimidation she faced from angry leftists in the wake of her “yea” vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was “unlike anything I’ve seen” during her 22 years in office.

“There were protests at my home for six weeks in a row, protests at my home here in Washington, death threats, threats of sexual assault against me and my staff,” the Maine Republican told Fox News host Martha MacCallum in an interview that aired Thursday night.

Mrs. Collins cast the crucial vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh in September, calling him an “exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband and father.” Her vote sparked a wave of backlash from the left, with prominent liberals such as Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour accusing the senator of white supremacy. Alumni and faculty of St. Lawrence University launched a campaign to strip Mrs. Collins of her honorary degree — an effort that ultimately failed. On Oct. 15, she was sent a threatening letter containing white powder that read, “Anthrax,” the senator told Fox.

But the worst part of the aftermath, Mrs. Collins said, was the harassment of her staff. She said a 25-year-old staffer “who deals with Social Security problems and the VA and immigration answered a call in which the man told her that if I voted yes for Justice Kavanaugh that he hoped she would be raped and impregnated.”

Mrs. Collins added that the staffer quit working for her, because “she just could not take the tremendous abuse that was heaped upon [her].”

The senator said she still doesn’t regret her vote, despite the possibility it may cost her a fifth term in 2020.

“The easier vote politically clearly would have been for me to vote ‘no,’” Mrs. Collins said. “But, that would not have been the right vote and I have to live with myself and I want to be able to look in the mirror in the morning and know that I did what I felt was right, no matter what the consequences may be … I really won’t ever be intimidated. I have to do what I think is right and I’ll let the chips fall where they may.”

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