Senator Susan Collins Denounces Trump Like The Rest Of GOP Congress Couldn’t

When the textbooks are written about the election of 2016, let’s remember to factcheck and make sure it’s written that a Republican woman, Maine Senator Susan Collins, denounced Donald Trump when most of the GOP wouldn’t. Republican women are overall pretty confusing, but it’s nice to know that a female had the common sense and guts to stand up to her party and say the Republican presidential nominee just will not do. Sure, there are some other big Republicans who skipped the Republican National Convention, like the Bush family, Mitt Romney, and John Kasich, but they didn’t really say why, as to not instigate Trump or further the party divide.

Many Republican VIPs beat around the bush when it came to “supporting” Trump and alluded to his unsavory traits. But not Collins. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, she wrote, “I am also deeply concerned that Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so.” Collins continues, “Mr. Trump’s tendency to lash out when challenged further escalates the possibility of disputes spinning dangerously out of control.”

What’s great about her piece is that she’s not feuding with Trump or competing with him: she just thought about his candidacy long enough and said, “Nah.”

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She came to her decision, she wrote, after watching him insult a disabled reporter, accuse Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias because he is Mexican, and finally attack the Gold Star parents of Humayun Khan. Not only, Collins wrote, are those moves against Republican Party values, but she also kept waiting for Trump to apologize for all of them. Then he didn’t. The senator and lifelong Republican wrote:

“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.”

Welcome to the club, Susan. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for some Trump attacks.

It’s possible that Trump is running out of love. After releasing a BS economic policy Monday, a group of 50 Republican national security experts signed a statement that said:

Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be president. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”

They didn’t all say that they were voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but some did. This is hopefully good news. I mean, at least 51 people are smarter Tuesday than they were Monday. Once Trump reacts like the big baby he is, there might be even more before the week is out.

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