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Mac Stipanovich: Elected Republicans must defend democracy against Donald Trump

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October

From J.M. "Mac" Stipanovich's column about Trump's claims of a rigged election system:

"...It is imperative that the elected leadership of the Republican Party step forward and aggressively repel this attack in unambiguous terms now, not later after the lie has become perceived reality because it went unchallenged. In this context, this presidential election has been a clinic in pusillanimity taught by most of the elected leaders of my party. Cowed by fear of the party's far right wing in primaries to come and driven by ambition, or at least by the desire to cling to office at all costs, elected Republican officials have, for the most part, been on an extended moral vacation since Trump clinched the nomination.

They did not step forward and defend Mexicans or a Mexican-American federal judge when Trump maligned them. They did not defend Muslims, even American Muslims, when Trump slandered them, including the Gold Star parents of a fallen soldier. And they did not defend women until Trump virtually forced them to do so with his vile, undeniable misogyny. Even then, excepting a few hardy souls, they did so only perfunctorily and briefly before retiring once more from the field.

But surely they will defend democracy, regardless of how they feel about Trump and Hillary Clinton. In every venue they can, at every opportunity they have, they must assure the public that this election is not rigged, that the election results will reflect the will of the majority of voting Americans. And they must debunk Trump's conspiracy theories that feed on paranoia and prejudice. For example, the fact that virtually every newspaper in the country but the National Enquirer, from the most liberal to the most conservative, has repudiated Trump is not evidence of a conspiracy; it is a stunning indictment of his candidacy...."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:58am]

    

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