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Sad decline of the Republicans

To the editor:

How is it that Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona can somehow tweet an animated video clip of himself “murdering” the image of Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and also so attack the image of President Joe Biden and receive literally no censure of criticism from House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy of California, and not be rebuked by his fellow Republicans for doing something so ill advised and heinous, is quite disparaging, indeed, and, sadly, speaks volumes of the recent degeneration of the Republican Party?

In reality, had such been done by one co-worker to another in undoubtedly any other line of work, the offender would have been severely reprimanded and, most probably terminated.

Apparently, however, such abhorrent behavior is not only tolerated by Republicans in the age of Trump, provided, of course, that they are the perpetrators and not the objects of such inappropriate behavior, but also encouraged.

In addition, as a result of the Jan. 6 insurrection of our nation’s capitol, which amounted to a failed coup attempt by Trump supporters, former President Trump and many of his political allies have essentially ignored their subpoenas and have rejected attempts at accountability, as well as our sacred system of laws and government, and, as a result, not since the American Civil War (1861-1865), has our democratic form of government been so systematically threatened, and what makes such even more incredible is that the threat is coming from within, and not outside, of our great country.

In addition, our very electoral system, which has long been the model for free societies throughout the world, continues to be threatened by Trump and his minions, who continue to promote the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was somehow rigged against him, with absolutely no shred of any supportive evidence, as literally all pertinent evidence has proven to the contrary that the election was totally, and indisputably, safe and secure.

We, as a nation, and Republicans as a political party, must simply be better than this, and once again focus on verifiable facts and critical issues, and return to the philosophy of prioritizing the needs of our great country over party politics.

I wonder how former great Republican president such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan would feel about their party now.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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