Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday she watched a documentary about children's television legend Fred Rogers after last week's tough vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that bitterly divided the Senate, and recommended that every senator watch the film.
"I feel like I should recommend my colleagues ... watch a movie, a documentary," the Alaska Republican said on the Senate floor. "I don't do that very often."
"But after the vote on Saturday, I just by chance picked up a DVD that had been sent to me. It's a documentary about ... the career of Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers, 'Won't You Be My Neighbor.'"
"I figured I needed something just kind of calming for the night," she said. "It's OK to be good with one another. It's OK to accept people for who they are. It's OK to just find the good."
The vote over Kavanaugh led to bitter arguments inside and outside of the Senate, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to appoint a man guilty of serial sexual assault to the bench, while Republicans said Democrats had no evidence and were trying to smear an innocent man.
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Murkowski ultimately voted against Kavanaugh, splitting with her Republican colleague, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who voted for the nominee. The two, when voting together, have been the deciding factors in several votes. But she said these sorts of differences shouldn't lead to violence and threats and shouldn't stop senators from working together in the future.
"She is now enduring an active campaign against her, and it's not just an active campaign against her," Murkowski said. "To be protested at her home every weekend, to know that she cannot travel without a police escort. ... I made comments as I prepared for the final vote last week, and I said we are better than this."
"We have to set the example here," she added. "We need to set that example in this body, because if we don't set it here, I don't know how we can expect anyone on the outside to follow us with that."