President Trump predicted Saturday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) “will never recover” politically for her vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh as he celebrated his nominee’s ascension following an extraordinarily brutal confirmation process.
In a brief telephone interview with The Washington Post, Trump said voters in Alaska “will never forgive” Murkowski for voting against confirming Kavanaugh, and he forecast her defeat in a Republican primary should she run for reelection in 2022.
“I think she will never recover from this,” Trump said. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.”
Trump said the one-week delay in voting on Kavanaugh to allow for an FBI background investigation into sexual assault allegations “turned out to be a great thing, a blessing in disguise.” He singled out Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for praise and commended her for her decisive “yea” vote for Kavanaugh.
“I think what Susan Collins did for herself was incredibly positive,” Trump said. “It showed her to be an honorable, incredible woman. I think she’s got a level of respect that’s unbelievable. I really mean it.”
Trump dismissed chatter on the left about a robust Democratic challenge to Collins when she is up for reelection in 2020. “I think Collins is so popular right now for what she did,” the president said.
Trump called The Post from the White House residence on Saturday afternoon, shortly before the Senate held its final vote and before he jetted to Kansas for an evening campaign rally, where he was looking to take a victory lap.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Philip Rucker