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Why Does GOP Cater to Trump?

Editor, News-Register:

Is it not quite obvious, and rather sad, that the Republican Party — which over the decades was led by patriotic icons such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and numerous others, who seemingly were always quite willing to prioritize what they felt was best for our great nation over any political and/or personal priorities they may have had — has recently disintegrated into more of a personality cult, which stands for little else than completely, unquestioningly, lionizing former President Donald Trump, placing total support and unquestioned loyalty to the former president, essentially divesting themselves from many of the longtime Republican conservative tenets, which have given them their highly-respected mantra?

President Trump, who for the record had been a Democrat for decades and converted, conveniently, to the Republican Party just prior to the 2016 presidential race, is actually the first U.S. president since Republican Herbert Hoover, who lost his re-election bid by a landslide to Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, while his party also lost the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, a record of unparalleled futility until the Trump losing trifecta in 2020.

Also, it is quite interesting, and most disconcerting, to juxtapose quotes from Republican leaders such as Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and countless others, who earlier had essentially classified Mr. Trump as basically “unfit” for elected office but now lavish him with effusive praise for what they had previously so vigorously opposed. Others such as Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, who continue to espouse strong conservative principles, but have the “audacity” to dare criticize words and actions of the former president, have been essentially ostracized by their Republican colleagues.

Such is the definition of “cancel culture” at its very worst. So much for freedom of speech.

The Republican Party is no longer the conservative conscience of the U.S. It has devolved into being nothing more than a Trump personality cult that will have, I’m afraid, a very negative impact, long-term, on the party and on our great country, as well.

President Trump, who reportedly made an incredible 30,0000 false and/or misleading statements during his tenure as our chief executive, continues to promote the “Big Lie” that the 2020 Presidential election was somehow “rigged” against him, with absolutely no supportive evidence whatsoever, should simply respect our sacred institutions and forms of government, and, finally, acquiesce to the will of the American people and accept reality for the good of our country.

It has been often said and written that we, as a government, will not be defeated by a foreign power but our demise, which hopefully will never occur, will be orchestrated from within.

It appears, sadly, that perhaps such actions may already be underway.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry


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