Letter: Republicans are the ones who fueled division

Published: 10/14/2019 12:01:13 AM

No, Jim Mayotte, people don’t hate you – not near as much as you seem to hate Democrats (Monitor letters, Oct. 8).

I think this feeling of hatred between the political parties began 40 years ago with Newt Gingrich. According to an article in the Atlantic, Newt began his tenure at the U.S. House by getting his fellow Republicans to insult Democrats and not work them, changing an unwritten format that had existed for a couple hundred years.

Since then, Republicans have been combating that work-together ethic and using the adage that if you tell a lie hundreds of times, it will become truth.

Trump started the “Crooked Hillary” meme in campaign speeches. You allege that Democrats’ hatred for President Trump is unprecedented. I guess you missed the hatred that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell had for President Obama, when both promised the Republican National Committee they would thwart everything he would try to do.

Here’s a short list of Trump’s impeachable offences: obstruction of justice, conspiracy, emoluments clause violations and subornation of perjury. Trump’s latest withdrawal of troops from Kurdish territory is something else to consider. Kurds have fought with U.S. troops and are considered allies. Trump has ignored this and stated his reason for deserting them: They didn’t help us during World War II. Our allies will now think twice before committing any military aid to help us.

I can’t wait for impeachment proceedings to begin in the U.S. House of Representatives. Maybe by the time this process gets to the Senate, enough senators will grow a backbone and vote to convict.

WALTER CARLSON

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