We’ll Be Making a Lot of Noise Before We Cave, Moderate Republicans Say About Trump Court Pick

Flake: Won’t give in immediately

Retiring Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he plans to be a thorn in President Trump’s side before he votes to confirm Trump’s pick to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. “Because I’m not running for reelection, I can take brave positions without repercussions at the polls, which is why I’ll make a lot of noise until I give Trump what he wants,” Corker says.

Retiring Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is in a similar position. “I have a history of standing up to Donald Trump until I sit down to vote for what he asks for,” Flake says. “I think it’s important for all of us who worry about the health of our democratic institutions to wag our finger in the president’s face before we hand him more power.”

Democrats, who are concerned the nation’s highest court will turn solidly conservative with Trump’s pick, are hoping the two moderate women senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will buck their party’s pressure and say things that give the opposition hope until they do whatever Trump wants. That’s especially the case since both of the senators favor modest abortion rights, which would be at risk under a conservative court.

Corker: Not so fast-ish

“As Republicans, they could just lie down and give Trump whatever he wants, but we’re hoping they’ll give us false hope first before they do that,” says April Carter, president of Women for Reproductive Freedom. “What we don’t want is for them to just jump on the Trump bandwagon right away, because then we won’t have the opportunity to get excited before we’re let down in disappointment.”

Other Republicans who have shown a willingness to stand up to Trump before they bend over for him include Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Mike Lee of Utah, but because they’re both staunchly pro-life, they’re unlikely to pretend they might vote against Trump before they vote for him.

The fact that Trump will face only token resistance from his party before getting what he wants is a bad sign for democracy, analysts say. “What you want in a healthy democracy is for conscientious members of the president’s party to say they won’t roll over before they roll over,” says CNN Political Analyst Jon Martin. “If only one or two senators are willing to say no before they vote yes, that tells you how far we’ve strayed from the ideal.”

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