It seems that more and more Republican politicians are talking about how they refuse to vote for Donald Trump. GOP senator Susan Collins is definitely not any different, even though she has declared herself to be a lifelong and die-hard Republican. Collins recently published a letter in the Washington Post detailing all of the reasons that she will not be voting for the Republican candidate.
The letter is incredibly thorough and extremely thought-provoking. It is not just the ramblings of someone who is slightly upset or angry by the comments made by Donald J. Trump. The letter is incredibly honest about how even though Trump is the Republican nominee for president he does not uphold the fundamental views of the Grand Old Party.
The first thing that Collins comments on is the lack of decency and political correctness that Donald Trump has exhibited in his campaign. Trump has made his brashness one of his key points in his campaign, and has actually used his hatred for certain ethnic groups as way of gaining voters. Collins suggests that it was Trump’s comments about Senator John McCain, a POW for five years during the Vietnam War, that really forced her to cease supporting the candidate. Trump stated that McCain’s military service wasn’t brave at all because he was caught.
Collins’ letter then goes into the accounts of how Donald Trump, no matter his lack of experience for the role of president, is just a cruel man. His actions are always immature, and he never seems to apologize for what he says. This is a sheer lack of humanity and it is why Susan Collins cannot vote for such a candidate.
Susan Collins finally points out some instances where Trump was clearly wrong but has yet to apologize for.
Trump made racist allegations against Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge who was born and raised in Indiana, stating that he could not properly do his job because of his loyalty to Mexico. Trump stated multiple times in an interview that the judge was biased and that he could not demonstrate complete decorum in the court room. Collins says that these racist comments show that Donald Trump has no understanding of the Constitution.
Finally, the letter goes into a discussion of what might happen if Trump was actually elected president. Collins warns readers that someone that has such a serious lack of humanity cannot be trusted to deal with either our allies or our enemies. She states, “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.”
This letter proves that not only does the Democratic party fear what would come out of a Trump presidency, but the Republican party does as well.