Collins herself was the subject of a censorship effort in March by Republicans in Maine, upset by her votes to condemn Trump. This effort also failed.
Collins also went to fight for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Who was censored by her state’s Republican Party in February for her vote to impeach Trump. Cheney continued to be criticized for speaking out about the role she believes Trump played in the Jan.6 uprising. And tensions have escalated this week as Cheney, who has not ruled out a presidential election in 2024, said some of the senators who “led the unconstitutional charge, for failing to certify the election” should be disqualified of the 2024 Championship.
Cheney also picked up the heat this week after bending over and banging his fist with President Joe Biden as he walked down the aisle for his speech at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. She took to Twitter to defend herself, posting: “I totally disagree with@Joe Biden politicians, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful and dignified manner. We are different political parties. We are not sworn enemies. We are American. “
The intra-party divide was evident, with parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy declining to comment on whether Cheney was still a good fit for his leadership team, saying it was a question for the House GOP conference. Members voted less than three months ago to keep Cheney in his place as leader, at McCarthy’s request.
“Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience. And she did what she thought was right and I salute her for it, ”Collins said. “We have to accept the differences in our party. We don’t want to become too much like the Democratic Party, which has been taken over by the progressive left.