Moderate Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins said she was "appalled" by video of Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at the Utah Republican Convention on Saturday
and by criticism of Rep. Liz Cheney by pro-Trump Republicans.
"Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who served his state and our country well. We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles such as a belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, a strong national defense," Collins said. "Those are the principles that unite us."
"We are not a party that is led by just one person. There are many prominent upcoming younger men and women in our party who hold great promise for leading us, and I think that all of us who abide by those principles should remember Ronald Reagan's admonition to Republicans that the person who agrees with you 70% or 80% of the time is your friend, not your enemy."
"Liz Cheney is a woman of strength and conscience," Collins said. "We need to be accepting of differences in our party."
Collins and Romney both voted to convict President Trump during his second impeachment trial.
"Nice try," Collins said when asked who she voted for in 2020.