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‘F—ing Traitor’: Sen. Collins Releases Abusive Voicemails Ahead of Impeachment Vote

Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) has been receiving profanity-laced voicemails ahead of the Senate vote to determine whether witnesses will testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. This week, Collins's office released several of the voicemails to the media.

"You're a disgrace! A disgrace to this country. Not just to the Senate, but to your country. You're a traitor. You're a f—ing traitor," one man said.

"You're going to lose, Susan Collins. You're going to lose. You're just a little b—h for Donald Trump," a woman said.

"Are you in some kind of satanic cult? I don't understand why you're doing the devil's work," another woman said. "I truly am confused as to why you hate America."

Collins and her staff received various abusive and threatening voicemails in September 2018 ahead of the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, including a call from someone wishing Collins's 25-year-old staffer would be raped and impregnated.

Bill Nemitz, a Portland Press-Herald columnist, suggested in October 2019 that Collins deserved the death threats she has received during Trump's presidency. After quoting a statement from Collins's spokeswoman about the threats, Nemitz wrote, "Maybe it’s just me, but if I was experiencing all of those things, I’d start wondering what the heck I’m doing to tick so many people off."

Collins, who is seeking her fifth term in office, is one of the top Democratic targets in their effort to flip the Senate this November.