GOP Sen. Collins (R-ME): “I will not be voting for Donald Trump”

Boom! Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has just published an op ed in the Washington Post announcing that she will not be voting for Donald Trump in the fall.

Collins is the first Republican Senator to publicly abandon Trump.

Though Ted Cruz sure doesn’t sound like he’s going to vote for Trump, he has not yet said publicly that he won’t vote for the GOP nominee.

Collins has now made it crystal clear.

Here’s a key point from Collins’ op ed:

GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

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.

Wow.

And while Trump will try to say that this is the “Washington elite,” so who cares, I think lots of people care. Collins, like Meg Whitman before her, will provide cover for others wishing to dump Trump, and this will include GOP donors who will start getting colder and colder feet about supporting Trump. It also gives pause to all those in the middle, including moderate Republicans, who are really unsure about Trump right now. While it’s en vogue to claim that no one should trust “the establishment,” most people accept the fact that experience matters — and when someone with experience, like Susan Collins, tells you they won’t vote for Trump, it gives an intelligent person pause.

I also saw today that the Reagan White House political director — a big job — came out and said he’s not voting for Trump either. As did GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger a few days ago.

This is not the kind of news you want, or expect, after your nominee is chosen.

I also predicted last week that the steady drip-drip of anti-Trump testimonials would grow as the election approached, and senior Republicans realized that Trump is going to lose. Trump may very well jeopardize GOP control of the House and Senate. And if you’re a Republican, that matters more to you than supporting a nutjob who increasingly appears to be losing this race.

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15 Responses to “GOP Sen. Collins (R-ME): “I will not be voting for Donald Trump””

  1. quax says:

    Every right thinking American has a patriotic duty to prevent somebody with a clear narcissistic personality disorder from getting hold of the nuclear launch codes.

  2. Badgerite says:

    Good for her. Mark her in the ‘puts country first’ column.

  3. Nunya says:

    “Regardless of your political affiliation, it is your job, your responsibility, your obligation to support and respect the citizens and their vote”…….. Not in the primaries it isn’t. If you have an actual elected official then yes, you are correct. but to say before the election that you simply cannot support a certain candidate because of his positions or behavior then its perfectly acceptable to take a principled stand against a guy like Trump who barely even represents what your party stands for.

  4. Annejpatton2 says:

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  5. bpollen says:

    He JUST said that he shouldn’t have to change anything cuz he’s winning… which, for some reason, sounds like he’s channeling Charlie Sheen.

  6. Uncle Luie says:

    I’d bet he has never apologized in his self-centered life.

  7. MoonDragon says:

    Until after the election, one has no responsibilities regarding any current candidate. After the election, one has the responsibility to work in such a fashion as to execute the requirements of the constitution. That includes recognizing the authority of the President as commander in chief, accepting her/his legitimate exercise of executive powers, and, if one is a member of the senate, recognizing and giving due consideration to the authorized Presidential appointments that require advice and consent. Up until the election, the candidate is just another citizen. If a voter feels misgivings about, in good conscience, fulfilling the responsibilities regarding support of the president, they in no way should support a candidate.

  8. Martharsievers1 says:

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  9. bpollen says:

    Actually, it’s NOT their job. They can sand off the rough edges, perhaps, it’s ridiculous to complain because they are bailing when they find out that they have to REBUILD the candidate from the ground up. To give an analogy, the addict can’t begin to deal with his problem unless or until he admits he/she has a problem. And if the addict/candidate thinks that he is killing it with his [superlative] [noun] and delusions of competence, fixing the candidate/addict is like playing pool with a rope: an exercise in futility.

  10. goulo says:

    Hmm? In what universe is it “your job, your responsibility, your obligation” to support a party’s candidate no matter what, no matter how disastrously ill-suited and dangerous you think that candidate is? Certainly not in a free democracy where people have the right to use their reason and conscience, and to care more about the good of the country than the good of a party.

  11. BeccaM says:

    Your post there, Rick, is rife with misrepresentations. First of all, it was not even close to a “majority of voters.” It was a plurality (not the same as a majority) of GOP primary voters and caucus attendees. They chose not candidates, but delegates to a party convention who then voted for the nominee.

    The primaries are NOT an actual democratic election. They’re an amalgam of hybridized selection processes which can — and often are — altered from cycle to cycle.

    Secondly, it is not the party’s job to make their candidate behave like a rational adult. That’s on him. If the fascist ass can’t behave himself such that he’s alienating and damaging the careers of his own party members and they then choose to disavow him, guess what? There’s this thing called the First Amendment. People are free to say what they like. Neither the political parties nor America itself are authoritarian dictatorships, at least not yet. Only in those systems of government is dissent forbidden and punished.

    You also cannot ‘fix’ a man who believes he is literally perfect and has no flaws that need fixing. Donald Trump is a 70 year old man, by now he ought to have learned to behave like a mature adult with at least a modicum of impulse control and humility. He lacks both those things as well.

    Trump is a madman bearing all the signs of acute narcissistic personality disorder. He needs intense psychotherapy, not access to America’s nuclear launch codes. Sometimes the choice is between party and country, and I am glad at least some Republican leaders are recognizing the danger Trump represents. Party membership should never be a suicide pact.

  12. Phil in FLL says:

    Speaking of anti-Trump Republican politicians, you said:

    It’s your responsibility to help mold and shape the candidate, help them fix their flaws, build their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses. What has any of these GOP’ers who are jumping ship done to help Trump in any way shape or form to make him more Presidential and ready for the job?

    I think you were describing the responsibilities that parents have during a child’s first ten years of life. That phase of Mr. Trump’s childhood is as far off as his sense of leadership. I fear it’s way too late to mold and shape Donald, build his strengths or eliminate his weaknesses. That ship has sailed.

  13. You picked a mad man. And thank God there are enough patriots left in your party to stand up and say enough

  14. Rick Bauer says:

    I’m getting a little sick of all the anti-Trump sentiment and GOP folks making a big deal out of announcing they aren’t endorsing or supporting Trump. This is just a huge, embarrassing example of stomping your feet, taking your ball and going home because you didn’t get your way. Let’s not overlook the fact that all these people obviously are also displaying their disdain and disrespect for the majority of voters who made Trump their nominee. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is your job, your responsibility, your obligation to support and respect the citizens and their vote. It’s your responsibility to help mold and shape the candidate, help them fix their flaws, build their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses. What has any of these GOP’ers who are jumping ship done to help Trump in any way shape or form to make him more Presidential and ready for the job? Nothing. It’s time to stop crying about not getting your way and start doing something to support and respect the candidate and the Americans how made him the nominee.

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