Celebrities – especially those who are survivors of sexual assault – are continuing to voice their anger over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who moved one step closer to a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land on Friday.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins, a crucial swing vote, announced that she will back the judge, who has been accused of sexual assault, as the upper house of Congress voted to end debate and send his nomination to the floor for a final vote.
During her 40-minute speech, Collins said the nominee deserves a presumption of innocence against the sexual allegation charges brought again him – and that idea ruffled the feathers of many celebrities.
Here’s how some stars are reacting to the news:
In a series of tweets, “Top Chef” host and author Padma Lakshmi, who revealed last month that she had been date-raped when she was 16, voiced her frustration and reminded her followers Collins is up for re-election in 2020.
“Do we really, as a nation, have to constantly protest electing a child-molester (Roy Moore, who was lost the race Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat) or a sexual abuser (Kavaugh) (sic), both of whom Trump supports,” she tweeted. “Is this really the best you have @GOP? Where are the moderates? Where are any of your spines? This is so (expletive) embarrassing.”
“I can’t watch this anymore. This is such a letdown for women everywhere (Senator Collins),” she continued. “(Senator Collins) is up for re-election in 2020. We will not forget this, Senator,” she said with the hashtag #VoteThemOut.
Novelist Stephen King, one of Maine’s most famous exports, urged Collins to vote no when Kavanaugh’s nomination comes to the floor Saturday.
“Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe ‘settled law.’ Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing.”
Director Rob Reiner wrote, “Susan Collins turns her back on women who have been traumatized by sexual assault. Elections have consequences. To start turning the ship of state back towards the rule of law, decency, truth, and the preservation of Democracy, Nov. 6 has to be a lot more than a blue wave. VOTE!!!”
Comedian Billy Eichner went on an all-caps rant to rally voters: “GRAB EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU KNOW AND VOTE ON NOV 6th or in EARLY VOTING BEFORE NOV 6th. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. SUSAN COLLINS, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS, YOU TOXIC, SELF HATING REPUBLICAN CREEP. REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: http://VOTE.GOV”
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 2008’s “Milk,” also called out Collins.
“Who in Maine is running against @SenatorCollins in 2020? Ready to help,” he tweeted with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors.
Comedian and writer Christian Spicer also tweeted about Collins.
“To all the women looking to run and take @SenatorCollins seat from her, you have my support. 100%,” he tweeted. “Her legacy will be one only of hatred, supporting the grotesque, and one that helped set civil rights and rights of women back a generation. What a disgrace.”
Other stars traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a Thursday protest, including Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, who were arrested.
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