Count another sitting Republican member of congress who has declared they will not support Donald Trump in November’s presidential elections. This time, it is sitting senator Susan Collins of Maine.
Collins, the senior senator from the state, has been in office since 1997. She wrote a declaratory letter against Trump that began, “I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”
Apparently, Collins had enough of Trump’s rhetoric as she describes her feelings towards his words, “With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president.”
Long has Collins been a Maverick voice in the senate, she often breaks with her colleagues and crosses the aisle when it suits her purposes. She closed her letter stating as such, “I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.”