Stopping the real steal

To the editor,

The 2020 election is over. Done. The votes have been counted – multiple times in some battleground states. The results didn’t change. Voters chose democracy and the Constitution over a corrupt and vindictive self-serving dictatorship. The Electoral College validated the national majority vote despite Donald Trump’s endless attempts at subversion. 

It’s long past time for dead-ender Republicans to acknowledge this, get over it and move on. It’s time to stop supporting Trump’s ongoing efforts to damage our country and sabotage the duly-elected Biden.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening. Some Republicans, including our new freedom- and gun-loving Rep. Lauren Boebert, plan to challenge House certification of the Electoral College in favor of Biden. With a few exceptions, others stay silent in the face of this subversion. So it’s fair to say Republicans want single-party democracy. They’ve succeeded in many states, thanks to voter suppression and racial gerrymandering.  Now they declare that presidential elections only count when the results go their way.

This is the U.S., not Belarus, or Russia, or Hong Kong. We owe huge gratitude to local and state election officials, especially in those battleground states, who did their jobs with competence and integrity, sometimes despite harassment and even death threats by pro-Trump thugs; and those judges who showed no patience for Trump’s endless bogus lawsuits. They stopped the real steal! But extremists like Boebert are still trying.

– Carole McWilliams, Bayfield