Letter: Trump lost but Trumpism is alive

(Alex Brandon | AP file photo) President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Sterling, Va.

Donald Trump has lost. The bonkers legal challenges are coming to an end and catastrophe has been averted.

Trump lost, but Trumpism is alive and well in many parts of the country. Sadly, about 74 million Americans voted for an indecent, tyrannical buffoon. Not once, but twice.

Now the discussion has inevitably turned to how Democrats can talk to Trump voters. To what end? Why is it assumed that the left should try to understand the right when Republicans feel no need to reciprocate? Three in four Republicans doubt, without a shred of evidence, that the election was fair and see Joe Biden as illegitimate, according to a Monmouth University poll.

To be clear, in two consecutive national elections and in three of the last six, Democrats have won the popular vote, this time by 6 million votes. So let’s move forward working with reasonable Republicans, such as Mitt Romney, who want to move the country forward.

But let’s never, ever forget that Trump’s treasonous attempt to kill democracy and steal the presidency was aided by most Republicans.

If Democrats keep their promises to the people that elected them and govern with empathy, honesty and courage, then maybe we can begin to remake America.

Susan Christensen, Salt Lake City

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