Avenatti just leveled Susan Collins with a well-deserved smackdown over her Kavanaugh vote


During her long, rambling, and most importantly shameful speech today, Senator Collins (R-ME) tried to use Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to excuse her decision to vote to confirm accused sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s highest court.

Collins exploited Swetnick’s allegations that Kavanaugh spiked punch with quaaludes and was involved with gang rapes to pretend that there was some baseless, coordinated effort to smear Kavanaugh. In reality, Republicans refused to adequately investigate Swetnick’s story and decided, without proper diligence, that it wasn’t credible.

The fact that Collins acted as if Swetnick’s claims were thoroughly vetted and found to be false shows that her entire grandstanding speech was nothing more than disingenuous politicking and designed specifically to shield her from much-deserved criticism over her vote.

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We don’t know if Swetnick’s allegations are true because Republicans decided they didn’t care about the truth. Collins isn’t voting for Kavanaugh because he was unfairly attacked, she’s voting for him because she wants to and she lacks the courage to even admit it.

Avenatti, never one to back down from a fight, quickly took to Twitter to defend himself and his client. He said that Collins should be “ashamed” and pointed out that she has no right talking about Swetnick’s credibility since she and her compatriots simply decided that she wasn’t credible.


Avenatti then kicked it up a notch by stating that Collins lacks the judgment to be a senator, which certainly seems to be the case after her announcement today. The attorney pointed out that Collins failed to meet with six different witnesses who support Swetnick’s claims.

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Avenatti ended his tweetstorm by cutting to the heart of the matter: Collins chose to attack sexual assault survivors everywhere by choosing to shame and publicly discredit Julie Swetnick.  His harsh comments are exactly what she deserves.

Collins has proven herself unfit to lead and must be voted out of office in 2020.


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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.