WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has become the latest Republican member of Congress to say that they will not support Donald Trump in November.
“Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country,” Collins wrote in a Washington Post op-ed posted online Monday evening. “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.”
Collins pointed to Trump’s attack on Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan, his suggestion that Judge Curiel Gonzalo would not be able to give Trump a fair trial and the candidate appearing to mock disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
The Maine Senator joins Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) who have specifically said that they will not support Trump.
Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Sen. Lisa Murkwoski (R-Alaska), Mike Lee (R-Utah.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have not offered their endorsement but have not formally opposed Trump.
In the House, seven Republicans have said that they will not support Trump, including retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), who has said that he will back Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Monday also saw 50 former Republican national security officials signing a letter saying that Trump is unfit to serve as president.
The defections come as Trump suffers in the poll, trailing Clinton by an average of 7.5 percent in an average of surveys conducted after the Democratic convention compiled by Real Clear Politics.
Trump has not specifically responded to Collins’ announcement, but said on Twitter Tuesday morning that he is “running against the Washington insiders.”
“These are the people that have made U.S. a mess!” Trump said.
I am running against the Washington insiders, just like I did in the Republican Primaries. These are the people that have made U.S. a mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2016