Grassley Urges Everyone to Send $10 to Sen. Susan Collins
Judiciary committee chairman says Americans owe the moderate senator from Maine a debt of gratitude for Kavanaugh
Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) come from different parts of the GOP spectrum, but the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has closed that gap.
Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that the moderate Collins deserves help from conservatives for methodically making the case for Kavanaugh and then voting for his confirmation last week.
“Three hundred thousand people ought to go online right now and give her $10,” he said. And Collins (pictured above left) does not even have an election for two years.
But she has become the Left’s public enemy number-one because of her decisive floor speech to the Senate explaining why she planned to support Kavanaugh’s nomination. Her speech was key to the Senate’s 50-48 vote for confirmation.
Democrat activists claim to have raised $3 million already for a Collins opponent whose identify is not even known. Grassley (pictured above right) said $10 contributions from 300,000 people would match that.
“We are just getting started on that,” he said. “But conservatives, even though a lot of times they disagree with Susan Collins, they gotta look at her as a senator of great principle — and they need to respect that. And I said $3 million. It’s gonna take a lot more than $3 million to elect her.”
Of course, Republicans have more immediate concerns than the Maine Senate race in 2020. In less than a month, voters across America will determine whether the GOP maintains control of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Grassley said he hopes the Kavanaugh vote galvanizes Republicans in the face of highly motivated Democrats.
“I hope a rallying cry for Republicans over the next 28 days, between now and the election, is, ‘Remember Kavanaugh,’” he said. “And this November election is a chance for Americans to reject the mob rule that you’ve seen over the last three weeks.”
Grassley also tweaked Ingraham for impatience she expressed on Twitter during the debate over sexual assault allegations dating to Kavanaugh’s teenage days. Grassley agreed to a new round of hearings, and then Republican leaders delayed the final vote at the behest of the Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) so that the FBI could conduct a supplemental background investigation.
Grassley told Ingraham that Kavanaugh would have lost the vote if the Senate had followed her advice.
“You gotta have some respect for people who are on the job here, doing it,” he said. “So we waited until we had the votes.”
Ingraham acknowledged that she was wrong about that.
Grassley said Democrats failed.
“They threw something at him on a Monday; it didn’t stick. Threw it at the wall on a Tuesday, something different; it didn’t stick,” he said. “And on and on for about two weeks. And finally, thanks to Susan Collins, we were able to get the job done.”
Grassley also called out lawmakers such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who have urged demonstrators to get in the faces of Republican legislators and Cabinet officers.
“Surely, that is encouraged by what these congresswomen and senators are saying, and it’s wrong,” he said. “I believe in freedom of association, freedom of speech, freedom to demonstrate. But it ought to be peaceful. And you shouldn’t do anything that is going to encourage violence.”