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Collins reacts to angry voicemails in response to acquittal vote

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right MORE (R-Maine) on Wednesday responded to angry voicemails left for her in response to her vote to acquit President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE.

Fox News’s Martha MacCallum played the Maine senator two voicemails that used expletives to express their displeasure with her decision.

“Wow. What a vile piece of garbage you are, Susan Collins. ... I sure hope you didn’t breed,” one voicemail said. “I sure hope you don’t have children or grandchildren because their future is [expletive].”

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“You are a traitor traitor that you support people like Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinScarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Will Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Russian vessel threatens to ram US warship in disputed waters in Sea of Japan MORE and Donald Trump,” it continued. 

Another voicemail said, “You’re going to lose, Susan Collins. You’re going to lose. You’re just a little [expletive] for Donald Trump.”

“This is a continuation of the kind of abuse and harassment that has occurred for my staff, my family and me since my vote for Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh,” Collins responded on “The Story With Martha MacCallum.” 

“And I think it’s a sad commentary that we can’t have differences of opinion without resorting to profanity to death threats to vile language,” she added. “And yet it seems we lost the ability in this country to disagree respectfully.”

Collins, who is up for reelection this year, said Tuesday that it was “wrong” for President Trump to discuss former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But she said the House did not take all the necessary steps to prove the president committed a crime to justify removal from office.

The Senate ended up acquitting Trump of both articles of impeachment Wednesday, mainly along partisan lines, with Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE (R-Utah) straying from the GOP in his vote to convict Trump for abuse of power.