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LETTER: Informed Trump enablers should be ashamed

To the Editor: Congratulations. We have elected a uniquely dangerous, know-nothing, fake-conservative-Republican opportunist to be our 45th president. Even more disturbing is that the minority of the electorate who voted for him apparently don't ...

To the Editor:

Congratulations. We have elected a uniquely dangerous, know-nothing, fake-conservative-Republican opportunist to be our 45th president.

Even more disturbing is that the minority of the electorate who voted for him apparently don't know

or, worse, are so thrilled to win they couldn't care less about the grave existential risk he now poses to our democracy.

The tragedy is that many ostensibly responsible, rational people who might have made a difference - particularly top GOP leaders - clearly understood from the get-go that Donald Trump was a flim-flam man voters knew little to nothing about. Virtually every statement he made during his campaign should have sent chills down our spines, as he gleefully denigrated minorities, immigrants, the disabled, the media, his far more qualified opponent and, especially, women in general. And the only "apology" he ever uttered was of the disqualifying "I'm sorry, but what she did was worse" variety. His message of bigoted nationalism, intolerance, violence and chest-thumping chauvinistic machismo was disturbingly manifest, but few attacked these diatribes for what they were: dangerous and un-American.

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Virtually everything our nation stands for he loudly proclaimed himself against, except maybe rural white guys with insufficient education, obsolete skills and poor prospects in globalism's 21st-century knowledge economy. Those guys I totally support, but not the shameless bigotry Trump implies is required to employ them.

Where was our own congressional delegation in this catastrophe? Besides one-off, muted responses to the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually abusing women, mostly nothing. Yes, after the tape emerged U.S. Sen. John Thune suggested Trump should abdicate in favor of his VP running mate, Mike Pence, but it seemed calculated when he then went mostly silent. Rep. Kristi Noem said she didn't condone the sex-abuse stuff but then naively accepted Trump's "apology" and continued to support him, while Sen. Mike Rounds kept backing the self-described New York billionaire even after Trump declined to reject the endorsement of infamous former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke. It is said that evil triumphs when "good men do nothing." Or, in this case, far, far too little.

Rick Snedeker

Mitchell

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