“What a vile piece of garbage you are, Susan Collins. … I sure hope you didn’t breed.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said the FBI began an investigation into death threats she has received due to her vote to acquit President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial.
Collins made the announcement when she spoke to the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. She said the FBI identified three credible death threats to investigate.
Fox News’s Martha MacCullum played two voicemails:
“Wow. What a vile piece of garbage you are, Susan Collins. … I sure hope you didn’t breed,” one voicemail said. “I sure hope you don’t have children or grandchildren because their future is [expletive].”
“You are a traitor traitor that you support people like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump,” it continued.
Another voicemail said, “You’re going to lose, Susan Collins. You’re going to lose. You’re just a little [expletive] for Donald Trump.”
Collins, her family, and her staff received similar phone calls after she voted to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh:
“This is a continuation of the kind of abuse and harassment that has occurred for my staff, my family and me since my vote for Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh,” Collins responded on “The Story With Martha MacCallum.”
“And I think it’s a sad commentary that we can’t have differences of opinion without resorting to profanity to death threats to vile language,” she added. “And yet it seems we lost the ability in this country to disagree respectfully.”
Collins said on the Senate floor last week that she did “not believe that the House has met its burden of showing that the president’s conduct, however flawed, warrants the extreme step of immediate removal from office.”
It seems these people forget she voted to acquit President Bill Clinton in 1999:
“This decision is not about whether you like or dislike this president, or agree with or oppose his policies,” she said. “Rather it is about whether the charges meet the very high constitutional standard of treason, bribery or other high crimes or misdemeanors.” She said Mr. Trump’s actions didn’t meet that threshold.
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