To the editor:

(Re.“Today’s Republican Party needs a Little White Schoolhouse cleaning.” Dec. 17, 2020) Kudos to the Ripon Press for its excellent editorial, “Today’s Republican Party needs a Little White Schoolhouse cleaning.”

By claiming that any election loss for him would be fraudulent, joking about killing journalists, firing inspectors general, etc., President Trump has acted to sow mistrust in our democratic institutions, rather than working to strengthen them.

How did we get to the point where Michigan electors required a police escort to get to the state capitol? Michigan Representative Paul Mitchell left the Republican Party over this issue. According to Mitchell:

“It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote. Further, it is unacceptable for the president to attack the Supreme Court of the United States because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that “the Court failed him.” It was our Founding Fathers’ objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other members of the Wisconsin GOP have a moral obligation to speak out against Trump’s anti-democratic actions. Much more is at stake than our state’s 10 electoral votes.

References:

Trump claimed any election loss would be fraudulent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LJ9sNsXERU&fbclid=IwAR3KBeYg5OeRPnM37HVYrDFPQha-rS2LdDiTetovnp2Ckd_JSTi48Rd3vMM

Trump jokes about killing journalists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35EWlJMmO4s

— Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wis.

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