Traitors have always been despised far more thoroughly than mere enemies. So perhaps it is unsurprising that after the Senate voted narrowly to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the focus of the opposition’s ire.
“She is a disgrace [and] her legacy will be that she was a traitor to women and marginalized communities” tweeted Linda Sarsour, a board member of the Women’s March organization, as Collins explained on Friday why she was supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination, despite allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Barely an hour later, Women’s March tweeted an image branding Collins a “rape apologist.”
“Gender traitors,” said Alexis Grenell on the opinion pages of the New York Times, deriding the five female senators who had supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation as part of the 53 percent of white women who “put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades.”