Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went on the attack against Sarah Huckabee Sanders on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Sunday, calling on left-wing minions to harass the embattled White House press secretary for the rest of her life. She also warned two female Republican senators not to vote for any potential Supreme Court nominees who might endanger her beloved right to abort unborn children.
Rubin, the left’s favorite conservative (they call her a conservative, I don’t), claims that Sanders is inciting violence by criticizing the press. (You know, like every press secretary in the history of press secretaries.) Rubin warned that “lives are on the line” and called for a million protesters to harass and intimidate Sanders. “I don’t think what’s most effective is throwing Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of a restaurant. I wouldn’t serve her either, frankly, but what’s most successful is getting a million people on the street to protest,” she said. (Tell us more about who you would and wouldn’t serve in a restaurant, Jen. You’ve said that bakers who refuse to make cakes for gay weddings are “grandstanding on bigotry and making a virtue out of the vice of prejudice.” I guess that doesn’t apply to your virtue signaling.)
“Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press — after inciting against the press,” a vituperative Rubin said. “These people should be made uncomfortable, and I think that’s a life sentence frankly. [Emphasis added]
But Rubin wasn’t finished with yet, warning Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) not to vote for a Trump Supreme Court nominee who might erode abortion rights, an issue that appears to be near and dear to Rubin’s heart.
“Let’s get a million people to go to Maine or a million people to go to Alaska and start putting pressure on those senators,” said Rubin. “So it’s perfectly civil to do that — no one is telling them to be violent protesters, but we’re not going to let these people go through life unscathed,” she said.
“The message to those two women by Democrats, by pro-choice women in those two states, by the entire states of Maine and Alaska has to be simple,” she said. “You vote for this, Ms. Collins, Miss Murkowski, this is on you. We won’t accept these nonsense excuses.”
“It has to be all-out on the ground in those states,” she continued, “those women have to be put under a glaring light so that they finally have to make a choice that goes against their party — unless they were phony pro-choice women all along, which is distinctly possible.”
Collins and Murkowski, who support abortion rights and often vote with Democrats, may end up being the swing votes in the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Both senators voted for Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch, but the left (which includes Jen Rubin) is ramping up the pressure on the women to obstruct anyone Trump puts forward from his list of conservative candidates.
Collins said this week that she will not vote for a nominee who does not support abortion rights.
“I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law,” the Maine Republican told CNN.
President Trump has said that he has no plans to ask nominees about their views on Roe v. Wade, so it will be up to senators to discern — or maybe even guess — which way a potential nominee might swing on the divisive issue.
You don’t have to like Trump (I don’t) to see the ugliness at the heart of Rubin’s demands for harassment of those with whom she has political disagreements. Rubin, who has implored Democrats not to “abandon civility,” displays a vengeance that’s not befitting someone with a coveted Washington Post byline. It’s one thing to disagree with the president. It’s another thing altogether to join the other team — openly advocating for left-wing policies and harassment of political enemies for no other apparent reason than to hurt the president. Contrary to her claim, it’s not “perfectly civil” to call for a million people to harass Sanders — who will eventually be a private citizen — for the rest of her life.