Sen. Susan Collins: It’s Too Difficult To Say Whether Trump Will Be The 2020 Republican Nominee [VIDEO]

Politico reports:

Though President Donald Trump has already ramped up efforts for a 2020 reelection campaign, one of his frequent critics, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), says it’s unclear whether he will be the GOP nominee.

“It’s too difficult to say,” Collins said in an interview with MSNBC on Monday when asked whether she thinks Trump will be the Republican Party’s nominee. Collins did not support Trump in 2016; instead, she wrote in the name of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“That was very hard for me to do as a life-long Republican,” Collins said. Collins is one of a slew of critics Trump has in the GOP-controlled Senate. She cast one of the three key votes that sank Republicans’ seven-year effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

  • Jonathan Smith

    from your lips…to SOMEONE’s ears.

  • geoffalnutt

    Please. He’ll be back in Moscow…where he belongs.

  • bkmn
    • Ninja0980

      Snowe was the last one to show any true guts.
      She chose to resign and give up a safe seat rather then go through another six years of crap.

  • Mark

    God fucking damn – he’s only been in office 7 months and hopefully not much longer! This is just fucking nuts!

    • Dagoril

      It only feels like 8 years already!

      • Todd20036

        I had a relationship like that once.

        • Treant

          Haven’t we all? I dated one guy for six eternal weeks.

  • james1200
    • Smokey

      The next Ides occur on the 13th of September.

  • Guest

    The fact that she voted for Paul Ryan is not exactly a thing to be proud of.

    • Beagle

      A lifelong R that didn’t vote for Dump — I’ll give her a pass on that.

      • MichaelJ

        No pass for her. If she finds being a Democrat so antithetical to her beliefs and values, she could have declared herself an independent, hardly an unusual move in New England where two of the current twelve senators are independent.

        • boatboy_srq

          Collins is pretty conservative for a Maine Republican (LePage is an outlier). She made Snowe look positively liberal, which was no small achievement. It’s telling that even she isn’t buying much of what the GOTea is selling these days.

          it’s equally telling, though, that she still thinks ZEGS is a responsible representative. Means the GOP establishment still hasn’t figured out how deeply the fascists have infiltrated.

          • MichaelJ

            I had to look up ZEGS. It’s the one of something new things I learned today. (The other is that a good pair of eclipse glasses, which a guy in the street was generously sharing with the crowd, works really well!)

        • Collins is a party line Republican except on a few social issues. The agrees with Republicans far more than she does with Democrats. It’s time Maine voters figured that out. Like several other Republicans she talks a “nice” game on the mainstream news outlets and then votes hard right except on gay rights and abortion.

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  • Chucktech

    “It’s too difficult to say.”

    Why, of course it is, my dear Senator Collins. The words just stick in my throat.

  • Gustav2

    Listen carefully, ladies and gentlemen. Paul Ryan is a so-called moderate Republican’s choice.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]
    • Gustav2

      “There are only 7 bags in this entire county.”

      Not quite true, there are only 7 bags for each type of event or season in my entire family.

  • Mike C

    They haven’t done anything to stop him over the last 2 years, despite EVERYTHING, so why would they start now?

    • -M-

      But she voted for Paul Ryan. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Brian Randall

    Not the republican candidate, no. The Nazi candidate, perhaps.

    • Todd20036

      She sure did Nazi Trump becoming so blatantly racist. Not even code words.

  • BobSF_94117

    Could she really not muster a “Oh, God, I hope not!”?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      In washingtonspeak, that is kind of what she just said. For a senator to even suggest that a sitting president of his/her party might not be the nominee is almost unheard of.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Mmm-hmmm

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Difficult to say, … until Putin decides if his imbecilic puppet is still useful or not.

  • AtticusP
  • Brian Burleson

    Regardless of whether or not he runs, he will have pocketed millions in campaign cash by 2020. My $$ says that he will be gone by then. One way or another. A boy can still dream right?

  • My prediction:

    – DT will continue to raise money for his reelection.
    – DT will declare himself Best President Ever and announce he’s not running for reelection (in my own little fantasy world, he’s doing this from a jail cell… orange is the new felon).
    – DT will try to transfer all the money raised to one of his sons’ charity foundations (whichever one manages to escape criminal indictment) so the tax-free lucre can be extracted at leisure. I know election laws allow the money to be donated to charity, I’m not sure if there are restrictions that tell a candidate what charity the money can or can’t go to.

    When this happens I fully expect to be immediately offered a six-figure job as a political pundit. I’ll even be the harried liberal guy on some Fox News horror show. Just want the six-figures.

    • Danieruw

      When you get that sweet sweet Fux “News” gig, could you make sure you answer every question you’re asked with the reply “Are you a Nazi?” Watch them sputter!

  • Will Parkinson

    Of course he will. He’s the greatest president ever. Anointed by gawd. Etc.

  • Todd20036

    Wasn’t too difficult to say Obama would run for a second term. Funny that

  • skyweaver

    I love it that she’s pretending the Republican lawmakers aren’t discussing Trump’s mental stability 24/7 on Capitol Hill

  • Statistics Palin

    Want to atone, Susan Collins? I recommend ritual Japanese suicide for the entire RNC.

    • Adam King

      She could caucus with the Democrats if she weren’t a life-long idiot.

      • Reality.Bites

        They let Bernie caucus with them, why not her? /s

  • Bluto

    oh for fucks sakes, the next presidential election is over 3 years away. Can we give it a rest for a while.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bbce6eb906870a3451e224718af71e468a1843b19a3f52c86df8634f5128ff62.jpg

    • Treant

      And do we care? Today, not really. He’s an unsolved mystery like Jon-Benet Ramsey.

  • Hank

    Also saw on MSNBC, Senator Angus King on his “hog” in full leather (chaps included). This is a pic I could find of him on the web:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d8da384768f32f316a1628e8829c78ed3560c3d2c551d3d9491cbb604617f45.jpg

  • Ninja0980

    Translation, I’m going to run as an Independent and thus need all the swing votes and Democratic votes I can get.

  • 2020 will be a rerun of the 2016 primaries for the GOP. There will be a number of candidates splitting the vote while Trump coasts to the nomination again. The same mainstream GOP media outlets and pundits will be lined up against him which will just make him more popular with his base. They don’t love him nearly as much as they love moderates and liberals hating on him. They get off on our hate and frustration. Barring a major health crisis, he’s their nominee against in 2020 and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it under their current rules with so many “winner take all” states. He can coast to the nomination without ever getting 50% of the vote in primaries (just like he did last year).

    • Michael Angelo III

      Even if nothing comes of the Russia investigation, and I highly doubt that he’ll come out of it unscathed, I would be shocked if he lasted 4 years. He is 71, unhealthy and easily riled up so I don’t think his heart can handle a second term. If he makes it the entire term, the Trump team will fake an ailment/heart attack, blame it on the MSM and Democrats and he will drop out of the race.

  • andrew

    Yep. Susan Collins is the closest thing that the Republican Party has to a Profile In Courage and truth be told, she is far from courageous.