On August 8, 2016, Senator Susan Collins wrote this in the Washington Post:

“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.”

Since then her behavior has been anything but “non-supportive” for our most divisive and a-traditional President who makes sport of protocol, denigrates other colleagues, behaves in a way not befitting any leader of the free world and has ignited a spirit of hate and intolerance. Does she forget her mentor Margaret Chase Smith?

The Senator stopped answering her phone and sent all calls directly to voicemail soon after January 2016, maybe because we — her constituents — were frequently phoning with our dismay at the Cabinet nominees, the behavior.… Now when I call and, as I must, leave a message (or contact her via her email server) and request a response, it is a “content-free” one — lacking in substance.

The Senator has previously stated her support of reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act. On the first, she will trade her ethics because Judge Kavanaugh said he believes in “settled law,” but he has often expressed frightening opinions on topics such as denial of habeas corpus in a case of a Guantanamo detainee and whether the president is subject to the rule of law; and says he has second thoughts about an issue or gives disingenuous responses. If he was not completely truthful at his Appeals Court nomination, why should he be now?

Every day more information is published that gives me a “reasonable doubt” as to his suitability for the Supreme Court, not because he’s not intelligent or capable, but because he would treat this lifetime appointment as a platform for his own partisanship and views. Some of his opinions have already come to light and they are antithetical to basic human rights.

The Senator said she can’t support a candidate who will overturn Roe v. Wade. But she also allegedly only voted for the tax bill because she thought she’d save ACA and she was disrespected by her colleagues who continually betray their own party and its principles.

Why is she not listening to herself, let alone me?

Patricia Manning, Damariscotta