Republican Strategist to Collins, Flake, Murkowski: Don’t Reward Trump By Voting For Kavanaugh


Republican strategist Susan Del Percio argued on Friday that Republican lawmakers still undecided on whether to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should reject him — so as not to reward President Donald Trump for the nomination.

Del Percio, in a segment responding to Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal op-ed defending his fiery temperament at last week’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, first said the judge was was “flippant and really disrespectful” in his exchanges with lawmakers.

“He should be better than that,” she continued. “He had been practicing for a week. He did the Fox News interview as prep work. That is inexcusable on top of the partisanship that we saw.”

Del Perico went on to call Trump’s mocking comments about Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at his rally this week “really disturbing.”

“And then seeing Senator [Chuck] Grassley and Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell, their behavior yesterday, as if the president gave them an okay to just kind of destroy any good will that they were trying to put as far as Dr. Ford went,” she said.

Del Percio then went on to say that the key Republican swing votes — who determine Kavanaugh’s fate on Friday — should not reward Trump for his behavior.

“Just using Kavanaugh’s words, and looking at the president, I don’t think Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski or Jeff Flake should reward this president with this nomination,” Del Percio said. “President Trump seeks to always divide us. This nomination will further divide us.”

As of Friday morning, those Republicans remain undecided, with just hours left before the Senate votes on Kavanaugh.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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