“Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like,” shouted two hundred Mainers who assembled outside Senator Susan Collins (R) office to protest The Donald Elect’s cabinet picks and to ask the moderate Republican not to support them either during their confirmation hearings. Protesters braved bitter cold temps this afternoon outside One Canal Plaza. before taking turns telling staff members on the 8th floor why they don’t want Collins to support the “climate change deniers” that Trump has chosen for his cabinet.
Liz Newman, a Portland architect, held a large sign and said: “This is the most important moment we’ve ever lived through. Susan Collins has a chance to make a real difference for the entire planet on this vote. We are watching to see if she supports us. If so, we’ll support her.” (See below left photo.)
East Bayside resident Patty Flynn told Kate Norfleet, Collins staff member, that “climate change will be the defining issue of the century. We ask her to vote against climate deniers in this new administration.”
Specifically, protesters were opposed to four of Trump’s picks for his cabinet. They are: Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator; Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State; Ryan Zinke, Interior Secretary; and Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy.
Adiran Darlington, 8, said he told a Collins staff member: “Trump’s nominees stink!” as his mother watched. (See below right photo.)
“Collins never says how she’ll vote until she’s on the floor,” said Kate Norfleet, State Office Representative, when asked by mhn.com if she had any idea how the Senator might vote on these cabinet picks of The Donald Elect.
Norfleet told 350 Maine spokeswoman Sarah Lachance that today was the busiest day the Collins office has experienced since she began 2 l/2 years ago.
See previous post for more background information on this national day of protest over Trump picks for his cabinet.