Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, questions Attorney General Merrick Garland during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2023 budget of the Department of Justice at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Credit: Greg Nash / Pool via AP

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I don’t think it is enough for Sen. Susan Collins to have expressed shock and dismay over the attack on Paul Pelosi at the couple’s San Francisco home. Fine, she feels badly. Thanks for that. Yet her words allow us to infer that this was a one-off strike on the family of a sitting representative.

Instead, I believe this attack on the Pelosi family is predictable given the unchecked normalization of hate speech, lies, threats, and tweets, all broadcast disproportionately by Trumpist Republicans.

Typical of Collins, in my view, she has been too silent for too long over the poisoning of our political groundwater, from which everyone must now drink.

I am waiting, still waiting, for Collins to call out her fellow Republicans for fanning the flames of violence. In any case, she will be too late.

Craig Kesselheim

Southwest Harbor