MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, a senior staffer for the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign, called herself a "recovering Republican" on her show Friday after the Senate voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
In a panel discussion on President Trump's conduct during the weeks leading up to the vote, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay bemoaned Trump supporters who cheered him on at a rally earlier in the week wherein he mocked the recollection of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago.
"There is a role for someone who, for a voter, who is devoutly pro-life to say, well, all I care about is the Supreme Court seat," said Gay. "But even in that world, how could you possibly cheer on as the president of the United States mocks a sexual assault survivor?"
Wallace replied that she has known voters like Gay described, but suggested that those voters aren't scrupulous about Supreme Court nominees, so long as they are conservative enough.
"I know that voter," she said. "I mean, I used to work — I’m a recovering Republican, and I know that voter. And that voter wants a person with a conservative judicial philosophy, but they don’t care if his name is Neil Gorsuch or Brett Kavanaugh or anybody else."
A final vote on Kavanaugh, who has denied Ford's allegations, is teed up for Saturday. He is expected to be confirmed.