Letter about which side are you on?…
To the Editor,
Congressman James Hagedorn and cohorts contend that any attempt to hold President Trump or themselves in any way accountable for having enabled, aided, abetted, and/or incited the January 6 assault on the nation’s capitol would be “divisive.” I wholeheartedly agree. It would clearly divide Americans, regardless of political affiliation, who are law-abiding and law-respecting from those who are not.
In 2016, candidate Donald Trump boasted, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” In foretelling his own readiness to place himself above the law, he was spot on. In predicting the blind loyalty of his followers, he was only partly correct. Polls following the 2020 election indicate that a substantial minority of Trump voters (43% of the 74 million) did not buy into the “voter fraud/stolen election” mythology put forth by Trump and promulgated by Hagedorn.
Following the events of January 6, 45% of Trump voters nation-wide expressed disapproval of the failed violent insurrection. Clearly, the party of Donald Trump, James Hagedorn, and the Proud Boys is worlds apart from the party of Abraham Lincoln, Robert La Follette, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, my grandparents, my parents, and myself. This is a moment when Republicans of good conscience might stand up, speak up, repudiate the tribalism, racism, and vigilantism of Trumpism, and try to reclaim the soul of the Grand Old Party. Or not.
What say you, the 7,301 Trump voters of Fillmore County?
David Webb, MD