Collins reacts to angry voicemails in response to acquittal vote

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House digs in as infrastructure talks stall MORE (R-Maine) on Wednesday responded to angry voicemails left for her in response to her vote to acquit President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum 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].”


“You are a traitor traitor that you support people like Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinIs America Back? A view from Europe Russia says warning shots were fired at British destroyer in Black Sea Russia deems Bard College program a threat to 'order and security' 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 BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' 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 RomneySenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed MORE (R-Utah) straying from the GOP in his vote to convict Trump for abuse of power.