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Trump’s costly ‘big lie’

I am a Democrat and I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but I am greatly saddened by the “Big Lie” repeated over and over again by President Trump (and spread by social media like Facebook and Twitter) until 40 percent of the people believe that Trump won the presidential election. President Trump has lied and exhibited unpresidential behavior for four years and his followers don’t seem to care, although a lot of Republicans now seem afraid to break with him.

Some Republicans were complicit in the “Big Lie” by not accepting the results of the election and the state certification of votes even though every lawsuit brought by President Trump was struck down by both Democratic and Republican judges and by the U.S. Supreme Court. And even after the insurrection at the capitol and their lives endangered, some Republicans still voted to overturn the election.

Our country is now under siege by those people loyal — not to the Constitution — but to Donald Trump. Not only was Washington D.C. under threat of violence for the Jan. 20 inauguration but all of our state capitals were under threat of violence by people that think Donald Trump won the presidency. The few Republicans that have spoken out against Mr. Trump are experiencing death threats.

There is plenty of blame to go around as to how someone like Donald Trump could become president of the United States. But there is no excuse for those who continue to stand up for this demagogue who has lied to us for four years, tried to emulate the dictators of the world and encouraged the lunatic fringe (and others) to march on the capitol of the United States endangering the lives of law enforcement, Democrats and Republicans — even the Vice President of the United States — in order to overturn a presidential election and keep himself in power.

It is a sad day in the history of the United States when we need the presence of thousands of soldiers to keep Washington D.C. safe for the inauguration of our next president. President Trump has been impeached for the second time. The Senate now needs to conduct a trial and make sure he can never hold public office again.

Carol Lazear Mitchell

Marietta

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