Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is often dismissed as a “Republican In Name Only,” and with good reason. After all the self-proclaimed moderate was one of the three Republican senators, along with Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona, who recently spiked President Donald Trump and the Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare.
However, Sen. Collins surprised many when she criticized Sen. Jeff Flake when publicly berated President Trump while announcing his own resignation from his reelection bid. During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation program, Collins said why Flake and the rest of the “Never Trump” crowd need to finally come to terms that Trump is our democratically elected president.
Commented Sen. Collins to host John Dickerson about Flake, “Well, first let me say that Jeff Flake’s one of my best friends in the Senate. I have enormous respect for him. And I’m really sorry that he’s not going to be running for re-election. The Senate will be a lesser place without his being in it.”
However, she then stated in no uncertain terms, “Having said that, I think we need to accept that Donald Trump is our president. And my approach is to work with my fellow Republicans, with Democrats, with House members, and also with this administration.”
Collins then added, “That’s the only way that we’re going to get things done in this Congress. It’s the only way that we can assure the American people that they can have some trust in government and that we’re working to better their lives.” Are you glad Susan hit Sen. Flake with some common sense?
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