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Opinion | My Fellow Republicans, Cease Fearing Donald Trump

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Many Republican leaders appear to assume any all-encompassing investigation shall be dangerous for the get together. I disagree. Some outstanding Republicans wish to uncover the reality, as do cops who heroically protected members of Congress and their workers on Jan. 6. Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after participating with the Trump-inspired mob, supported Mr. Trump. Officer Michael Fanone, who was shocked a number of instances with a stun gun and overwhelmed and suffered a coronary heart assault and traumatic mind harm, advised me he’s a Republican. Officer Harry Dunn stated: “We had been victims of an assault, of an assault, and we deserve justice and we need to know all people who was concerned, and we would like them held accountable.” Lots of our officers really feel they’re being left on the sector, and so they marvel, what occurred to “Again the Blue.”

Mr. Trump’s lies are crimson meat to these within the conspiracy world who’ve already demonstrated what they’re ready to do. The hazard additionally extends to states, as Mr. Trump tells folks that election outcomes in Georgia and Arizona shall be overturned, and he might be reinstated as president in August. How will QAnon followers or Oath Keepers reply when that doesn’t occur?

Many Republicans rationalize ignoring his rhetoric: His speech on Saturday wasn’t even aired dwell on Fox or CNN, and he could find yourself being indicted in New York and occupied with authorized and monetary issues. So, this pondering goes, what’s the hurt in humoring the man a bit of longer?

The hurt is that the lies have metastasized and will threaten public security once more. The U.S. Capitol Police report that threats in opposition to members of Congress have elevated 107 p.c this 12 months. Consultant Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, has famous, “There’s no cause to imagine that anyone organically goes to come back to the reality.” Consultant Liz Cheney, one other Republican, stated, “It’s an ongoing risk, so silence shouldn’t be an possibility.”

Humoring the man additionally emboldens Mr. Trump’s pardoned allies like Steve Bannon and his former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn. Republicans at the moment are flocking to Mr. Bannon’s podcast to audition for Mr. Trump’s assist, and Mr. Bannon says “a litmus check” shall be whether or not they’re keen to problem the end result of the 2020 election. Later this month, Mr. Flynn will seem at an Oklahoma marketing campaign rally with Jackson Lahmeyer, a political novice who’s difficult Senator James Lankford, the Republican incumbent. Mr. Lahmeyer claims the 2020 election was stolen and touts Mr. Flynn’s endorsement, saying now we have to be keen to “Combat Like a Flynn.”

Republicans can be higher suggested to battle like Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Throughout the Joseph McCarthy period in 1950, she suggested fellow Republicans that the Democrats had already supplied Republicans with enough marketing campaign points, and so they needn’t resort to McCarthy’s demagogy.

The identical is true immediately. Republicans must have extra religion of their insurance policies and cease being afraid of a harmful and diminished man who has divided the nation and now divides our get together. Rethink the fee, let the investigation go forward, and run and win in 2022 on the reality.

Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican and a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. Home of Representatives from 2015 to 2019.

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