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Letters to the Editor: The GOP will still be an autocratic party when Trump is gone

President Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Georgia.
President Trump speaks during a Dec. 5 campaign rally in Valdosta, Ga., for Republican Senate candidates.
(Associated Press)

To the editor: Columnist Jonah Goldberg is wrong about the bleak future of Trumpism after Donald Trump is no longer president.

Trump is a demagogue. He has no reason to be president other than to wield power and escape the consequences of his decades-long unethical and possibly criminal career.

That fits the Republican Party perfectly. It did not write a platform in 2020. Because dictators don’t need plans, they just make things up.

Currently, Trump is engaged in a soft coup against American democracy. He seeks to overthrow a legitimate election, not with the military, but with thugs on the streets, phony lawsuits and by brow-beating Republican officials.

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When fewer than 30 Republicans in Congress admit that Joe Biden won the presidency, they are subscribing to Trump’s playbook. The sheep aren’t looking to follow an ideology; they are actively soliciting a strongman.

John Gallogly, Los Angeles

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To the editor: What anti-Trumpers like Goldberg fail to appreciate is that a voter has to make a choice. My choice was based on the spectacle of a nightmare Hillary Clinton presidency.

It’s like when you were a kid at the annual family reunion. One uncle was a crashing boor, but he told you a dirty joke and slipped you a five-dollar bill when your parents weren’t looking. Another would yammer on about why you should go to church at least twice a week. If you’re a kid, whom would you choose?

Trump’s boorish behavior is simply not an issue for sober-thinking individuals, but it’s all-consuming for liberals.

David Pohlod, Oak Park

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To the editor: Kudos to Goldberg on the creation of the best oxymoron to be added to our modern political lexicon — “intellectual Trumpism.”

Robert Shapiro, Laguna Woods


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