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History will judge if senators act on principle

To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor on Jan. 18, the writer continues to make the claim that the election was a fraud. By all available evidence, this is a baseless claim.

Donald Trump’s lawyers filed 60 lawsuits that were rejected by state and federal courts and twice by the republican majority U.S. Supreme Court for lack of evidence. These verdicts were rendered by judges appointed by Democratic and Republican presidents including President Trump. Shouldn’t that tell you something?

Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, an ardent supporter of Trump, said that there was no widespread fraud. Shouldn’t that tell you something?

Trump’s own Homeland Security Director for Elections, Chris Krebs, called the 2020 election, “the most secure in American history.” Shouldn’t that tell you something?

In the contested state of Georgia, the Republican governor, Brian Kemp, and Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensberger, examined all the evidence numerous times and concluded that there was no widespread fraud. One accusation Trump made was that 5,000 dead people voted in Georgia, but the evidence showed that only two voted in the name of a dead person. In a desperate move, Trump then tried to pressure the secretary of state in phone call, “All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have… fellas, I need 11,000 votes, give me a break.” Shouldn’t this outrageous attempt to overthrow the election in Georgia tell you something?

Trump is a demagogue, the master of the “big lie.” How often have we heard “fake news” and “rigged election”? Dictators know if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it or will want to believe it because it aligns with their own prejudices.

On the issue of impeachment, it will be the solemn responsibility of every senator to judge fairly all the evidence regardless of political partisanship and render a decision that is in the best interest of the nation and respects the Constitution.

It will also be every citizen’s solemn responsibility to listen to all the evidence to determine President Trump’s innocence or guilt on the charges of high crimes and misdemeanors.

The Senate must decide whether Trump is fit to hold public office ever again. History will record if senators acted on principle and courage or succumbed to the dark voices of the mob.

Gary Gill

Lewistown

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