Another name has been added to the growing list of GOP officials who have come out against the tyrant running for president. Senator Susan Collins of Maine is yet another Republican who has announced that she will not vote for Donald Trump.
On Monday, Collins wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that three separate events led her to believe that the Republican nominee isn’t qualified to be president: his intense criticism of a U.S.-born federal judge who is Mexican American, his mocking of a disabled reporter, and, most recently, his dispute with the Muslim parents mourning the death of their son who was killed in Iraq.
‘My conclusion about Mr. Trump’s unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities.’
Below is a video of Donald Trump mocking the disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski:
Collins stated that she expected Trump to apologize to Kovaleski, at least in private, but he did not. Instead, he denied what he had done, despite the fact that the fiasco was broadcasted for everyone to see.
Trump’s attack on the grieving parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq, repulsed everyone who was watching, Collins in particular. She stated that the criticism of the Gold Star parents was inconceivable. A true presidential candidate would have recognized their pain and honored the parents’ sacrifices, but instead Donald Trump ridiculed the religion of the family of an American hero. Once again, he proved that he is incapable of feel empathy or admitting fault.
‘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 doesn’t mention in the op-ed whom she plans on voting for come November, but she did say that she isn’t satisfied with either candidate and will not be supporting Clinton or Trump.
Susan Collins is the newest addition to a small but growing group of Republican senators who have said they refuse to vote for Trump. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has vocally opposed him for months, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN in May that he did not intend vote for Trump or Clinton.
Fifty national security officials who served under Republican presidents also signed a letter Monday saying Trump is “not qualified” to be president.
Collins says that she had hoped Trump would change once the general election campaign started. But Collins and other Republican officials have come to the realization that Donald Trump will never change.
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