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Maine Is Not Eager to Welcome Donald Trump This Weekend

Maine is one of those states that can really go either way politically. Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump there in 2016 by around 3 points. Republicans, however, have done ok in the state. Susan Collins is a long serving senator and Paul LePage was a two-term governor.

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The President will be travelling northward to Maine on Friday to visit a plant that is making testing swabs. He will not be getting a heroes welcome. Collins has announced that she won’t be there to greet him. And a local paper, The Portland Press Herald, is calling on Trump to resign.

Annie Clark, a spokesperson for Collins, told NBC, “Senator Collins will be in Washington Friday and has several federal, and non-federal, events on her schedule. She actually just visited Puritan Medical Products in just last month and she is proud of the work they are doing to combat COVID-19.”

The embattled Collins is facing a tough reelection bid and an appearance with Trump could potentially hurt her chances.

The Press Herald will not be welcoming Trump either. The Editorial Board wrote, “President Trump: We’re sorry that you decided to come to Maine, but since you are here, could you do us a favor? Resign. You have never been a good president, but today your shortcomings are unleashing historic levels of suffering on the American people.”

The state’s governor, Janet Mills, was also not happy to hear about the President’s visit. She said in a conference call, “I again ask the President to check his inflammatory rhetoric at the door and abandon the divisive language that sows seeds of distrust among our people. I hope he will heed this call and appeal to the best in all people and lead us with courage and compassion through this difficult time.”

 



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