The Maine Republican Party has condemned Sen. Susan Collins for her vote to convict Donald Trump.

I am an independent but have always voted for Susan Collins until she supported Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and, for the first time, I did not vote for her in 2020. However, I am 100 percent behind her and her vote to convict Donald Trump. He certainly was guilty, and it took courage and an open mind to listen to the evidence and come to that conclusion. She stood up for us the American people and for the Constitution, and she should be applauded for that instead of being condemned.

I thought it was the Republican Party but am becoming more convinced that for reasons I can’t fathom, it is the party of Trump, or, to be more specific, the cult of Trump.

The Maine Republican Party should have had the courage to stand for the people and not for a man who doesn’t deserve a following of any kind. Since the events of Jan. 6, people are deserting the Republican Party in droves. That should concern them more than having Trump’s momentary favor.

The party shouldn’t have bent to political pressure. Instead, it should have stood with courage and independence, the way Mainers always have and Susan Collins finally did.

Dorothy Spaulding

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