Maine Senator Susan Collins Pens Blistering Indictment of Trump, Yet Burr Still Aboard Trump Bandwagon
Yesterday, Susan Collins (R-ME) became the latest Senate Republican to denounce Donald Trump’s candidacy in an op-ed in the Washington Post, joining Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) among other Republicans. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, however, remains firmly aboard the Trump bandwagon.
Senator Collins’ piece chronicles how she came to the conclusion that “Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.” She writes:
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.
“Senator Burr’s continuing support of Donald Trump is deeply troubling and shows a critical gap in his leadership,” said Tim Eakins, Director of North Carolina’s Voice. “Trump has insulted people with disabilities, women, immigrants, and even Gold Star families, so it begs the question: what would it take for Senator Burr to disavow Trump? Is nothing sacred anymore? Given that Trump and Burr do not reflect the views of most North Carolinians, we can win this election if we turn out to vote.”