I’m convinced a major reason why Republicans in Congress were hesitant to vote against Trump on impeachment is because they realize they are accomplices.

Trump is not the only one who should be held accountable for poisoning people’s minds, for encouraging a mob to believe their Fuhrer and ignore procedural due process, to reject the decisions of the judicial and legislative branches of the three-branched federal structure designed by the Founders to separate and balance power in order to protect against tyrants, and to reject the head of the Justice Department, a crucial part of the executive branch, when he declared “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

Those representatives in the House and Senate who encouraged the idea that the Constitution should be set aside as demanded by one man should all be held accountable, not just Trump. But perhaps it’s too much to expect elected officials to find themselves guilty of aiding and abetting a crime. That would require enormous integrity and courage, more than most have.

 

Paul Totaro

Bar Harbor

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