Letter to the Editor

Some lies can be deadly

Thursday, January 21, 2021

To the Editor:

I feel sorry for Trump supporters who have been fed a steady supply of lies until they became members of the Trump cult unable to think for themselves. Most of the lies were small but two of them were deadly.

The first was, “COVID is fake news.” Had Trump only shared the truth, hospitals and doctors could have begun to prepare instead of being taken by surprise. We have now lost 400,000 people to Trump’s “fake news.”

The second deadly lie was “I won the election.” Many still believe it. After many recounts, investigations and court cases, each state was satisfied that its count was correct and certified them.

The truth is Biden won the popular vote by over 7 million. Trump, who couldn’t believe that he would have to leave the presidency before he was able to install himself as a dictator, continued to loudly repeat that he won. Republicans in Congress just went along without stating the truth.

The white supremacy groups which Trump had been courting for four years were ready to take the lead to take by force what Trump couldn’t take by vote. Thankfully there are still plenty of people and corporations willing to stand for truth and for our democracy.

Will the Republican party ever return to being a party instead of a cult with only fear and worship of Trump to offer? Time will tell if there are enough Republicans willing to stand for truth.

The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was a wonderful inspiration. Leave the lies and hate behind so that all people can be treated with respect.

It will take all of us working together to do this.

Jenny Charles