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Trump threatens Republican values

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To the Editor;
For some time, I’ve felt like I’m living in the “Twilight Zone.” The conservative Republican Party is almost unrecognizable. For years, they preached family values and fiscal responsibility. Where the heck are those Republicans? Just last week domestic abuse accusations against Rob Porter and David Sorensen came to light. Some inside the White House knew about it for a year and did nothing.

Remember when Republicans were all about the red scare? Russia was a threat to democracy. They still are, but we can’t even get this president to enforce sanctions for interfering with our elections. President Donald Trump has never said a bad word about Vladimir Putin, but he’s certainly insulted many of our own citizens.

Trillion dollar deficits will be the new normal for our children. You can expect fiscal conservatism to resurface when they start making cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The excuse will be cutting the deficit. But first they’ll add to the debt with a wall we weren’t supposed to pay for and a parade for a man who wants to be saluted.

Republicans are even complicit in the worst abuse of all — the attacks on the free press. As Evan McMullen said, “Although some may laugh when Trump hands out his Fake News Awards, we should call them what they are: a dangerous assault on truth, the Constitution and American democracy.” Republicans control all three branches of government, but Congress is not providing the checks and balances we desperately need right now. I’d really like them back.

Lynn Weston
Brownville

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