Trump rebukes Collins amid difficult reelection fight

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE on Friday targeted Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSusan Collins says systemic racism isn't 'a problem' in Maine Biden, Cunningham hold narrow leads in North Carolina: poll GOP sees path to hold Senate majority MORE (R-Maine) amid her difficult reelection bid, complaining that she opposes his priorities and saying she isn’t “worth the work.”

Trump’s tweet came Friday morning, after the conclusion of four days of confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe truth, the whole truth about protecting preexisting conditions New Supreme Court presents an uncertain future for LGBTQ health McConnell plans to fill two key circuit court seats even if Trump loses MORE. Collins has said she will oppose Barrett’s nomination because of the proximity of the nomination process to the presidential election. 

“There is a nasty rumor out there that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not be supporting our great United States Supreme Court Nominee,” Trump tweeted. “Well, she didn’t support Healthcare or my opening up 5000 square miles of Ocean to Maine, so why should this be any different. Not worth the work!”



Collins, who is seeking reelection to a fifth term in the Senate, is facing her most difficult election battle yet against challenger Sara Gideon, Maine's Democratic House Speaker. A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Gideon with a roughly 4-percentage-point edge over Collins less than three weeks before Election Day.

Trump’s tweet criticizing Collins could make her reelection effort all the more difficult. She is among a handful of vulnerable GOP senators in tough reelection battles, and her loss would make it more challenging for Republicans to maintain control of the Senate. 


Collins is one of the more independent-minded Republicans in the Senate. She has voted in favor of Trump’s priorities — including voting to confirm his second Supreme Court nominee, Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughVermont secretary of State says Kavanaugh's correction still unsatisfactory Kavanaugh corrects opinion in voting case following Vermont official's objection The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE, amid controversy in 2018 — but she has also broken with the president at times.

Trump on Friday appeared to be zeroing in on Collins’s decision in 2017 to oppose the GOP Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which ensured the legislation did not have the votes to pass the chamber. 

Collins also signaled disagreement with Trump’s decision earlier this year to roll back protections at a marine conservation area off of New England, opening up 5,000 square miles of water to commercial fishing amid opposition from environmentalists. 

Collins is the only Republican senator who has said she will oppose Barrett’s nomination. Republicans have faced accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats for moving on the nominee so close to the 2020 election, despite refusing to consider then-President Obama’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandWhat a Biden administration should look like McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court MORE in 2016.

Polls show that Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE has a decisive double-digit lead over Trump in Maine, a state that voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump may continue to campaign after Election Day if results are not finalized: report Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation Analysis: Where the swing states stand in Trump-Biden battle MORE in 2016.