Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) says she will not be voting for Donald Trump.
In an OP-Ed in the Washington Post, Collins wrote,
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.
Clearly no big surprise there.
“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,” Collins 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.”
“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,” Collins continued. “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.”
Ironically enough, Collins said she will “Continue to honor Republican values” even if Trump is elected. That would be difficult for her to do since it would mean she would have to start honoring those values in the first place.
“It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy,” she wrote.
Collins is not alone. Many Republicans say they will not vote for Trump because he is not the typical Republican. Big name Republicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Peter King have all said they will not vote for Trump. McCain and other shave gone as far to say they will vote for Hillary to stop Trump from becoming President.
What does it say about their Republican values when they are willing to elect a far-left, liberal Democrat to the Presidency to maintain status quo?
Susan Collins is not surprising anyone. But saying she has historical Republican values is something she can’t honestly do.