Where is Republicans’ line, patriotism?

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Two years ago, I asked Trump supporters if they had a line. If there is anything, he can do to lose their support.

Donald Trump showed his racism when: he tweeted that four American congresswomen of color should go back to their own countries, he encouraged crowds to yell “Send them back” about these Americans, he promoted the birther movement against Obama, and he launched his campaign with rhetoric accusing Mexicans being rapists and murderers. Historically he used the N word, cleared the floor of black employees when he came to his casino, and refused to let black people rent apartments in his buildings.

But that is not the only thing this tweet was all about. Trump maintains that these four women hate our country, because they hate him. In May 2018 he said football players taking a knee should be a deportable offense. In his mind he is America so anyone who disagrees with him should be forced out.

Now he has taken the first steps to creating his totalitarian regime. The citizenship question on the census was a brazen attempt to decrease the representation of Democrats in this country. Rampant gerrymandering, “cleaning” the voting registration of minority and Democratic voters, and not opening polling places in minority areas are blatant ways to make America a democracy in name only.

Republicans, where is your line, your patriotism? Keeping power through hatred, intimidation, and dirty tricks is as un-American as it comes.

MARY HALEY

Sandpoint

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