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Susan Collins, GOP Senator: ‘I Am Unable To Support’ Trump’s Candidacy

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Susan Collins, GOP Senator: ‘I Am Unable To Support’ Trump’s Candidacy

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Susan Collins, GOP Senator from Maine, announced Monday that she would not be voting for Donald Trump. Collins joins the growing list of Republicans refusing to support Trump, and her decision was made public in a scathing column for The Washington Post.

Collins wrote that her decision does not come “lightly” and cited that her values as a “lifelong Republican” are guiding her.

She continued: “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.”

Collins’ column then tracked the several instances of Trump “showing complete disregard for common decency,” throughout the course of his campaign, including his disparaging comments towards Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). She also wrote about his rhetoric directed at Fox host Megyn Kelly, a reporter with disabilities, and federal judge Gonzalo Curiel. She wrapped up the column discussing Trump’s latest ignorant comment, towards the Khan family.

Collins said she initially hoped to see a change in Trump as the campaign progressed, but called him “the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat.”

Sen. Collins concludes her column with the following passage, directed at those who may question her Republican values for her refusal to vote for Trump:

Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.

Photo: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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  1. Lynda Groom August 9, 2016

    Gee honey most of us could see through that Trump fella long ago. What took you so long and what was your turning point?

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    1. Independent1 August 9, 2016

      Although Susan Collins, who is one of my state’s 2 senators, is one of the few Republicans who will actually work across the aisle at times in good faith; she is still very much a dyed-in-the-wool Republican who at times makes some of the oddest, most maddening decisions. In this case, she was just dragging her feet probably trying to look like she was being pragmatic; but there are also times when it’s terribly frustrating because her GOP loyalty causes her to sometimes not support critical pieces of legislation that would clearly create great benefit not only for our state but also for the nation. She apparently has a real struggle between wanting at times to be perceived as being a bipartisan politician and at other times wanting to be perceived as being loyal to the GOP (or whomever the GOP has misguidedly nominated as a presidential candidate).

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