Susan Collins really doesn’t want to talk about what lessons Trump learned in impeachment anymore

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Following the Tuesday Night Massacre, which happened after last week’s revenge binge from impeached president Donald Trump, intrepid CNN reporter Manu Raju caught up with Sen. Susan Collins to see what she’s thinking about it all. She clearly did not appreciate the fact that Raju remembered what she said last week. The part about “I believe that the president has learned from this case,” which she downgraded to “hopes” after Trump point blank said there was no lesson to be learned because “it was a perfect call.”

Fast forward a week, and she really wants to be done talking about it. Asked by Raju if, after the actions Trump has taken, she still thinks there’s “any lessons he heard from being impeached,” she snapped. “I don’t know what actions you’re referring to. I’ve made very clear that I don’t think anyone should be retaliated against.” Then she launched into lecturing Raju: “That has nothing to do with the basis by which I voted to acquit the president, as I made very clear to you, Manu, on numerous occasions because his conduct, while wrong, did not meet the high bar established in the constitution for the immediate ouster of a duly elected president.” Which had absolutely nothing to do with the question at all.

Because she doesn’t want to answer the question. She didn’t want to answer it later, either, when she continued to insist that she bore no responsibility at all for Trump being totally unfettered now. Her vote against impeaching Trump, she told reporters, “wasn’t based on predicting his future behavior.” Which is a hell of a cop-out for the person who once said impeaching him would be enough to make him curb his future behavior.

Collins is completely abdicating responsibility for both her past and her future failures to do her goddamned most essential job of being a check on the president. What she does think is her job is not obvious (besides granting defense contracts to companies that in turn contribute tens of thousands of dollars to her reelection campaign).

Watch:

MR: In light of the president’s actions, do you think there’s any lessons he heard from being impeached?

SC: I don’t know what actions you’re referring to. I’ve made very clear that I don’t think anyone should be retaliated against. That has nothing to do with the basis by which I voted to acquit the president, as I made very clear to you, Manu, on numerous occasions because his conduct, while wrong, did not meet the high bar established in the constitution for the immediate ouster of a duly elected president. And that was the rationale for my vote to acquit him. That is the reason why….

MR: Do you think he learned any lessons?

SC: … In all the years that … since George Washington was inaugurated as our first president that we have never removed a duly elected president from office. It’s because the conduct alleged should be so dangerous to our country and so egregious and proven by the House managers that the person should not remain in office one moment more. That was the standard established by the House managers. It was the standard that I used in acquitting President Clinton and that’s the reason for my vote and I don’t know why you’re equating the two.

MR: Well you said the president learned his lesson. Do you think he learned any lessons?

[Collins’ office door slams shut.]

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7 Comments on "Susan Collins really doesn’t want to talk about what lessons Trump learned in impeachment anymore"

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Reeby
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Reeby

What lessons ? He’s not capable of learning.

Suzie
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Suzie

His school transcripts might tell a story of an academic failure

J.M
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What is it going to take to shut this court-jester demon the fck up!

Le Borgne
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Le Borgne

Collins shouldn’t talk about what lessons Trump learned! She should damn well keep her trap shut because every time she opens it, she reveals what a craven coward she is.

I’m looking forward to supporting her Democratic opponent in the upcoming senatorial race in Maine.

Independent
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She sure has backed herself into a corner. Hopefully she will decide not to run. If she is paying any attention to the conversations going on, she should know that we (Dems and independents – unfortunately there are still folks walking around with donnie hats on) do not want her to be our senator any more. If you want to help, check out Sara Gideon and send a donation to Sara Gideon for Maine. Am I allowed to say that? Oh well if not put it on my should not have done list. Off to watch Rachel. GoodNite.
cpmty
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cpmty

what about other crimes? do those other CRIMES HE COMMITTED will take him to be removed, out out out…

Suzie
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Suzie

Ask her Democratic opponent to post tv ads to show that her job means more to her than her constituents.