Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is widely regarded as a moderate voice in the Senate, willing to reach across the aisle for the best interests of her home state and the country. But that reputation has taken a hit—perhaps irreparably—since President Donald Trump took office.
Now Collins is seen as all bark, no bite—all talk, no action.
While Collins still talks a “moderate” game, her actions on key legislation like the GOP/Trump tax breaks and on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court followed party lines.
Now she is speaking up about the latest Trump outrage — Collins took to Twitter Sunday to warn of possible action by Congress if Trump failed to acknowledge and act on information from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding the murder of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, a United States resident.
“It is a grave mistake for the President to ignore the CIA’s widely reported assessment on the Khashoggi murder. If the President does not reconsider what actions our government should take toward the Saudi Government & MBS, Congress must act instead.”
It is a grave mistake for the President to ignore the CIA’s widely reported assessment on the Khashoggi murder. If the President does not reconsider what actions our government should take toward the Saudi Government & MbS, Congress must act instead.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 25, 2018
“MbS” is a reference to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who, the CIA says, ordered the assassination of Khashoggi.
But people were not buying Collins’ threat to take action if the President fails to respond appropriately to the journalist’s murder at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.
The response on Twitter to Collins’ assertion that “Congress must act” drew widespread criticism over Collins’s failure to act when needed in the past, and skepticism over her following through on any promise to challenge this administration.
Respectfully Senator Collins, why are you weighing in on anything, especially “congressional action,” something you so infamously FAILED to do. The state of Maine should be embarrassed. Simply hush and walk way Susan. You single handedly broke America’s heart🇺🇸
— ProfessorBiz (@MrSoNso21) November 26, 2018
Agree!! I can no longer complement anything you say! I was totally let down by your “yes”vote drunk man. Retire.
— Victoria Burkert (@VictoriaBurker3) November 26, 2018
Seriously @SenatorCollins don’t run again… we are done with your hollow words and theatrics. No one has faith in you now. There is right and wrong, good and light – you made your choice.
— Resist ✌🏼 (@mainegranny2020) November 26, 2018
Why are you bothering to go through the motions stating these things, you spineless, feckless, simpering coward?
When this is all over, I hope to see every one of you who enabled this traitor and his human rights violations frog marched off to prison right alongside him.
— Christopher Miller (@Gwtheyrn) November 26, 2018
You had your chance to stand up for what was right. You failed, and lost all your credibility with it.
— Rick Meneely (@RickMeneely) November 26, 2018
What are you prepared to do based on “President Low T’s” actions, Senator? Vote with him 100% of the time?
— Dave 🌊 (@zflowrpowr) November 26, 2018
If only you knew someone in Congress, maybe even a Senator, who would both SAY something and then DO something about this.
— David Clarke (@davidclarke76) November 26, 2018
You have to give credit to Sen Susan Collins for being consistent. She always clutches her pearls & fans her face as she laments the tragedy of the day. But when it’s time for a vote, she lines up with the rest of the Repubs and votes without a conscience.
— The Breeze (@NwMtnGuy) November 26, 2018
When criticized for her past votes following Republican party lines—putting the GOP before country and constituency—Collins claimed misogyny was behind her critics.