Collins has refused to say whether she’s voting for Trump for 529 days
Today, Maine Democrats launched a new website to track Senator Susan Collins’ continued refusal to tell Mainers whether she supports Trump’s reelection campaign. The site, DefeatCollins.com/Trump, documents Collins’ history of dodging this question repeatedly dating all the way back to 2018, and features a timeline that will be updated each time Collins refuses to answer this question in the future.
In every other presidential election since she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Collins answered the simple question about who she supported. But this year, as she tries to run away from her record of backing Trump in Congress, she is refusing to even answer if she cast a ballot for the sitting president of her own party in the March primary.
What Collins doesn’t want Mainers to know is that according to CQ, she’s voted with Trump 94% of the time. Trump has already backed Collins’ reelection “100%” because he knows that she has been a critical vote on his priorities like the 2017 GOP tax bill that gave away trillions in tax breaks to corporate special interests. In 2017 and 2018, Collins voted to confirm every single one of Trump’s judicial nominees, including Brett Kavanaugh and nominees deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association. Despite her best efforts to dodge the question for the last year and a half, it’s clear that Collins will continue to be a reliable vote for Trump.
“Senator Collins wants Mainers to re-elect her, but she doesn’t have the courage to be up front with us about whether she would re-elect Trump,” said Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra. “Senator Collins may try to dodge this question all the way until November, but that won’t hide her record of supporting Trump’s agenda when it’s counted. Mainers deserve an honest answer.”