Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made a call for unity after condemning the treatment of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) after she cast one of the deciding votes in favor of approving Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Long before the final vote, Sen. Collins’ office was facing a barrage of threatening messages and protests from some opposed to the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh.
During his interview with Fox News, Grassley explained his disgust with the treatment Collins and others faced during the confirmation process. He even promised to match the three million dollars that opposition groups have poured into Collins’ race.
“I’m going to help raise three million dollars to match [the opposition’s donations] because that criticism is absolutely abominable, that they would say [Sen. Collins is a fake feminist] after everything thing that she stood for in her lifetime related to feminist issues. She’s been in the forefront of everything.
It just goes to show you how narrow the thinking of the opposition to Kavanaugh was that they would say those extremist, anti-Collins positions about a person who’s been with them most of the time.”
The chair of the Senate Judicial Committee quickly condemned the claims that “old, white men can’t be fair,” instead calling for unity.
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“First of all, there are only two of us on the Judiciary Committee that are old and I’m one of them. Everybody else is young. I don’t like to bring racist issues into it. I like to see people as Americans first and only as Americans. Now you can be proud of your background being an African American, being Hispanic, being from Italy, being from any place. You can be proud of your background, but I think we ought to not divide America. We ought to be thinking about how we’re all Americans to bring America together.”
It seems that Sen. Grassley hopes that the hate-filled division that bubbled up during the Kavanaugh hearings will evaporate out of the political discourse and return to a more civil standing.