From The Associated Press:
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is seeking to quell concerns he lacks the discipline or policy know-how to make a competent president, even as the list of fellow Republicans deeming him unfit for the Oval Office grows.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate long wary of Trump, became the latest Republican to announce her intent not to vote for her party’s nominee. Days after rebuking Trump for insinuating Somali refugees in Maine were dangerous, Collins said late Monday she’d thought “long and hard” about whether she was obligated to support the GOP nominee and decided she could not.
“With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize,” Collins wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
Collins wrote that she supports neither party’s nominee, though previously she’s said she’s open to voting for Hillary Clinton.
The defection from a respected senator added to a chorus of GOP voices insisting they can’t back Trump. Some 50 Republican former national security officials signed an open letter calling Trump the most reckless candidate in history, prompting a counterattack from Trump, who said the signers share blame with Clinton for making the world “a mess” and fueling the Islamic State group’s formation.
“We thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place,” Trump said in a statement.
The renewed focus on GOP discord was not the theme Trump hoped to emphasize. The GOP nominee …