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.”
“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.
When criticized for her past votes following Republican party lines—putting the GOP before country and constituency—Collins claimed misogyny was behind her critics.
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