Senator Collins, who repeatedly claims to be pro-choice, is being denounced after years of backing then-President Donald Trump's judicial nominees at every level of the federal judiciary, including two of his three Supreme Court picks.
According to the progressive organization Suit Up Maine, Collins voted to confirm 208 of Trump's judicial nominees. She voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, though against Amy Coney Barrett, reportedly because she felt the vote should not occur so close to an election. Though Collins did vote to put Barrett on the federal bench in 2017.
The anger against Collins on social media has been palpable Wednesday, though it may be about to get worse.
According to NBC News affiliate News Center Maine, Collins just endorsed former Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage for a third term. LePage was term-limited after two consecutive terms, though stated in April he is running once again.
For those who don't remember, LePage is a Trump acolyte known for making outrageous and vulgar comments, is anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, and pro-death penalty. He opposes the legalization of marijuana, opposes renewable energy, supports "school choice," opposes ObamaCare, wants to reduce the number of hospitals in the state, and has made racist remarks.
Meanwhile, Collins says she supports Roe v. Wade but says this federal bill would roll back existing laws that makes sure health professionals who object to abortions can opt not to participate.
“I support codifying Roe. Unfortunately, the bill goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law,” Collins told the LA Times.
Collins has previously objected to Texas’ abortion law, recognized as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions after roughly six weeks, calling it “extreme and harmful” in a statement to Forbes after it took effect.
The senator has further announced she disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling allowing the law to stand while a challenge against it moves forward.
Although she has been criticized, The senator defended her support of Kavanaugh despite his vote in favor of the Texas law, pointing to the fact the ruling was on procedural grounds and not on the constitutionality of the law itself. “I think we need to wait and see what happens,” she told the Times.