Senator Susan Collins has penned a bombshell op-ed for the Washington Post arguing “I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president.”
Collins is a moderate Republican from Maine and the most senior GOP leader to officially denounce the Donald. Maine is a smaller state in the electoral college stakes. But it is an independent leaning toss-up and one Trump would likely need to carry. Since Collins is respected there, this may mean Maine’s four votes are now headed to Hillary Clinton.
Collins concluded that Trump’s pattern of insulting people was not a fluke but revealed a serious character flaw:
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.
She the cited three examples from recent times: Trump’s insult of a disabled reporter, his claim that a judge with Mexican heritage couldn’t be impartial and his attacks on the parents of a soldier who died in Afghanistan.
Trump has not responded yet. However, if he dumps insults on Collins, he simply confirms what she had argued about his character flaws.
Collins did not say who should would be voting for.