Collins himself was the subject of criticism from Maine Republicans in March, who were angry with their votes in condemnation of Trump. These efforts also failed.
Collins also went to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who was censored by her state’s Republican Party in February for her voice on charges against Trump. Cheney continued to face criticism for speaking out about the role Trump played in the January 6 uprising. And tensions rose this week when Cheney, who has not ruled out a 2024 presidential election, said some of the senators who “ran the unconstitutional charge of failing to confirm the election” should be banned from the 2024 field.
Cheney also heated up this week after leaning on President Joe Biden and poking his fist as he walked down the aisle to address a joint congressional session on Wednesday. She went to Twitter to defend herself and wrote, “I disagree with w /@Joe Biden Politics, but when the President greets me in the House of Representatives, I will always respond politely, respectfully, and with dignity. We are different political parties. We are not sworn enemies. We are americans. “
The intra-party divide was evident, and Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, declined to say whether Cheney is still a good fit with his leadership team, saying it was a question for the House of Representatives GOP conference. Members voted less than three months ago to keep Cheney in their leadership position at McCarthy’s own urge.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience. And she did what she thought was right, and I applaud her for that, “said Collins. “We have to accept differences in our party. We don’t want to become too much of the Democratic Party that has been taken over by the progressive left. “