Letter: Resident reflects on being a Republican

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It’s tough being a Republican leader these days. Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t some jaw-dropping revelation involving Trump and his associates. So, it begs the question, what’s a Republican to do?

Option #1. Go the way of Liz Cheney. Flatly denounce Trump’s lies of a stolen election and revile the man for his reckless and totally self-serving attempt to overthrow the election.

Now, of course, Option #1, the truth, comes with a price. Not only will you be trashed by Trump and his acolytes, you will become persona non grata in your own party.

But don’t fret. There’s always Option #2. You chuck the moral high ground and embrace Trump. Embrace the lies and the sticky fingers. Look the other way at the shady business deals and the tacky private use of the presidential logo (which, by the way, is a federal offense) and immediately cry ‘witch hunt’ at any and all criticism. Take Lenora Levy, the Connecticut Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. She was so giddy when Trump called her at her rally she put him on speaker phone. Lenora is all about Option #2.

But maybe bear-hugging Trump isn’t your thing. That leaves Option #3. Say nothing. This seems to be the favored choice of most Republican leaders. Trump lies about the election? Don’t comment. 150 Capitol police are injured by a Trump incited mob? Zip your lips. Classified documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago? Crickets.

When lies are told and good people say nothing, bad things happen. Connecticut voters should demand to know where their Republican leaders stand because each day the lies and the shady twists of those lies embed themselves deeper into the Republican narrative and rip away at the core of our democracy.

Carol Mark

Fairfield Avenue