I write today out of extreme frustration as a citizen of the United States, a person who has paid taxes since 1964 when I was but 13 years of age, and an independent voter who has voted since 1972 for both parties at various times. I believe I have earned the right to speak my piece, and I shall do so now.
Since the U.S. Constitution was adapted in 1787, this nation has abided by certain standards, one of those being a fair and honest election whereby everyone has an equal voice, and once the results are tallied, they are accepted by all. In the 2016 election, it was later proven that Russia aided and abetted the election campaign of Donald Trump, who actually lost the election by nearly 3 million votes, and yet due to the electoral system, was placed in office on January 20th, 2017. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, graciously congratulated him on his ‘win’ the day after the election, as did then-President Barack Obama.
Fast forward to November 3rd, 2020, not quite three weeks ago. The election was held, but results were not immediately available because of the surging pandemic that led many of us to vote by absentee ballot. Within a couple of days, it became obvious that Joe Biden had won the election, had earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and had scored over 6 million votes more than Donald Trump. And yet … without one shred of proof or evidence, that result is being hotly contested by Trump and his lawyers. Not only that, but Trump continually claims, falsely, that he won the election, that there was massive voter fraud, and that “the democrats stole” the election from him.
You know, and I know that not a single shred of evidence exists to support Trump’s claims. Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security, Christopher Krebs, said that the 2020 election was the most secure in the history of the nation. He was fired for telling the truth and for doing his job. Still, Donald Trump continues to create chaos by making false claims.
In the past week, four members of Congress have followed their conscience and condemned Trump’s attempt to cast doubt on the validity of the election: Senator Mitt Romney, Senator Ben Sasse, outgoing Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Pat Toomey. Each of the four have said it is time for Trump to face the fact that he lost and be gracious in conceding the election. YOU, however, remain silent. I ask you now … WHY? You know that Joe Biden won the election honestly and fairly. You know that Donald Trump is a temperamental, dishonest ‘man’, lacking in integrity, who has done more damage to this country than the last ten presidents combined. So … why are you silent? Your silence speaks volumes about your character.
Surely you must realize that Trump is casting doubt, not only on the integrity of the 2020 election, but on our democratic processes as he continues to rant and rave about things that simply do not exist. You have achieved one of the highest-ranking positions in the nation, so surely you must be an intelligent and well-educated individual, and yet at this moment, it appears that you are without conscience.
I, and my fellow citizens, call on you today … yes, TODAY … to condemn Mr. Trump’s rhetoric and actions, to demand that he concede the election so that President-elect Biden’s transition team can get to work, planning for a smooth transition and the ongoing safety of the nation. IF you do not, if you continue to enable Trump and his minions to undermine the democratic processes of this nation without so much as a whimper on your part, then you do not deserve the position you hold. Know that, if you continue to allow this to go on without adding your voice to those of Senators Romney, Sasse, Toomey, and Alexander, then I and others will work tirelessly the next time you are facing a re-election bid, to ensure that the American public knows just how disinterested in the future of this nation and its people you are, and I will work to support your opponent, whoever he or she may be.
Jill Dennison – citizen, taxpayer, voter
Note to readers: I have sent this letter to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Representative Warren Davidson, and am planning to send it to the local newspaper, as well. The silence in the GOP on this matter is deafening and we cannot wait forever for these members of Congress to find their consciences. Feel free to adapt and use the letter if you wish.