Last Sunday, during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, Sen. Susan Collins was asked whether she would support Donald Trump if he were to run for president again in 2024. She was not willing to give a definite “yes” or “no.”

It is often forgotten – and Sen. Collins may wish to forget it herself – that, in 2016, she published an op-ed in The Washington Post stating firmly that she would not be voting for Mr. Trump. She explained, in her carefully considered way, that she had reached “the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president.”

Has the senator, since then, seen qualities in Mr. Trump that have made her unsure of that assessment? And, given what her party has become under Mr. Trump’s leadership, is she as proud to be a Republican today as she was in 2016?

Michael P. Bacon

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