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Text messages sent to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on January 6 included pleas from Republicans for Trump to call off the insurrection. A reader thinks that the messages amount to a “smoking gun.” (Associated Press)
To the editor: Yes, most Republicans so far have chosen to ignore the House committee’s investigation into the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Any finding that conclusively blames former President Trump for facilitating the insurrection would ruin the GOP’s chances in the next election. (“Bigger holes keep popping up in the ‘Big Lie’”, Opinion, December 17)RELATED
It was not always like this. Some 47 years ago, few Republicans ignored the seriousness of President Nixon’s abuses of power. After Nixon released his “smoking gun” recordings, Republican leaders urged him to resign. A few days later, he did.
A big difference from the 1970s explains why integrity seems so lacking among many of today’s politicians: That decade was not awash with politically biased media and social networking sites that allow rampant disinformation and delusional groupthink. to influence party leaders. /s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-10-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
We can only hope that the release of the text messages sent by former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on January 6 and the weeks before will prove as promoting justice as was the release of Nixon’s recordings.
Devra Mindell, Santa Monica
To the editor: As we approach the first anniversary of the assault on Capitol Hill, and as the House of Representatives committee on January 6 advances its investigation into the insurrection, one thing is clear: the thugs who temporarily prevented Congress from complying. with their constitutional duty to confirm then … The victory of President-elect Biden were not the only subversives who tried to reverse the 2020 elections.
The list is long and includes members of the Republican Party in Congress who encouraged others to participate in the failed coup.
If Republicans regain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections, it may be too late to stop America’s march toward autocracy.
The electorate, shackled by measures in various states that make it extremely difficult to influence elections, must be free of obstacles to function legitimately. It is time to end obstructionism and enact the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act.
Our democracy may not survive otherwise.
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