Some of Collins’ six other Republican colleagues who voted to convict Trump, who was accused of inciting the January 6 insurrection, have faced reprimands from their state parties.
The Louisiana Republican Party quickly censured Senator Bill Cassidy after his vote, and the North Carolina Republican Party did the same for Senator Richard Burr within days of his vote. In the House, the Wyoming Republican Party censured Republican House Representative No. 3 Liz Cheney for voting to impeach Trump.
The Alaska Republican Party also recently moved to censure Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for her vote and has called for her to stop running as a Republican.
Among other Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump, Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Pat Toomey (Republican of Pennsylvania) were berated by their state parties, but narrowly avoided censorship, while the Utah Republican Party defended Utah Senator Mitt Romney vote.
Collins has defended his decision, saying that Trump did not fulfill his oath.
“His actions to interfere with the peaceful transition of power, the hallmark of our Constitution and our American democracy, were an abuse of power and constitute grounds for condemnation,” Collins said in the Senate.
After a near-double-digit reelection victory in November, Collins has played a major role in a divided Senate.
Trump, who still enjoys broad support among Republican voters, has addressed Republican lawmakers in both houses who voted to impeach or convict him, reading the names of all Republican lawmakers to do so in his Political Action Conference speech. Conservative in February.
“Get rid of all of them,” Trump said.
Republican National Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer has warned Trump not to try to prioritize these Republican lawmakers, saying it won’t be helpful.
“He can do whatever he wants,” Emmer (Republican of Minnesota) said in an interview. “But I would tell him that it is probably best for us that we retain these people and make sure we have a majority that can be sustained in the future.”