Why the Senator from the great state of Maine cannot support Donald Trump

Susan Collins of Maine Says She Will Not Vote for Donald Trump

And she gives her own reasons. And these are not the usual — Trump is a loose canon; Trump is a bigot; Trump is ignorant, has little knowledge of history, of government, even of economics let alone science that which seems to have totally escaped his notice; he is thin skinned, feels he must reply usually inappropriately, at a press conference or on Twitter, to every perceived slight; he’s a liar, most of all doesn’t tell the truth about himself, let alone the other candidates that were in the race.

The Senator while not just repeating what others have been saying puts into her own powerful words her own conclusions regarding the man’s deficiencies:

I have become increasingly dismayed by Mr. Trump’s constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president….

And she’s right. Trump is not worthy, he is not a nice man. He doesn’t seem to care about others, so little in fact that this alone ought to disqualify him for the office of President of the United States.

And Ms. Collins goes on to say:

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….

I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” 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….

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