An open letter to Senator Susan Collins

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Susan Collins, August 8, 2016:

“I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”

Two years later, the Republican Party is Donald Trump’s party. He, and the party he controls, are now attempting to impose their values on the Supreme Court.

“Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual… It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.”

Senator Collins, Judge Kavanaugh is a candidate hand-picked by the Federalist Society. He has consistently argued in support of corporations, polluters and the powerful against the interests of working people. He is ideologically in sync with the far right wing of the Republican Party. A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh will be a vote to hand over the Supreme Court to the same forces that have taken over your beloved party.

As recently as July you said: “I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade…” President Trump has promised that Roe v. Wade will be overturned “automatically…because I will put pro-life justices on the court.” Judge Kavanaugh’s pledge to you to respect “settled law” is virtually meaningless. He is an existential threat to a woman’s right to control her own body.

You wrote:

“I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump… 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.”

Senator Collins, however personally difficult it may be, you have an obligation to not just oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, but to do all in your power to rally the remnants of moderate Republicanism to ensure that he is not confirmed.

The citizens of Maine are counting on you to protect us from the extremists who have captured the Republican Party and have now set their sights on the Supreme Court.

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