In a letter to the editor, Hoboken Democratic Committee Recording Secretary Joe Quintero questions how anyone can still support outgoing President Donald Trump (R) after he “led an attempted coup” at the Capitol.
To my friends, family, and acquaintances … tell me who you are – those of you whom after the events of yesterday, would continue to support the antics and the rhetoric of Donald Trump.
Four years ago you could be forgiven for wanting to give this “outsider” a shot, despite all signs pointing to his inability to lead, his amorality, and his lack of common decency.
Many asked me – what’s the worst that could happen? I answered – nuclear war.
And while warheads have not been launched (we still have two weeks) – after four years, we are left with the American carnage that Trump had claimed to save us from, but was actually just another of his classic projections.
Four years later – there are nearly 400,000 of us dead because of Trump’s incompetence.
Four years later, Trump’s impotency has cost millions of jobs. Four years later, we are the same pariah globally, which Trump was amongst the New York elite.
Four years later, an American President led an attempted coup in the birthplace of modern democracy.
A week before the election, my father tried to allay my anxieties about the vote – “Joe” he said “this is America, this isn’t Mexico, this isn’t Colombia (his country of birth)” where presumably one couldn’t count on established laws and (more importantly) established mores to ensure a fair election and peaceful transition of power.
Well – the Capitol has been stormed, arms have been bared on the floor of the House, and at least one person is dead. Your right Dad, this isn’t Mexico, this isn’t Colombia – they don’t do this kind of thing anymore.
Look – I still believe in the promise of America, the elections of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff has affirmed that for me; despite the fact that such a pathetically small number of “conservatives” have stood up for the most basic of our value – democracy.
I know that despite the actions of an unhinged minority yesterday – the Electoral College vote will be certified and at noon on January 20, Joe Biden will assume the presidency.
So, again for those who would still support Trump after all this – tell me who you are. I don’t want to fight, I don’t want to argue – I would just like to know, who amongst you would have sided with Mussolini as he imprisoned his enemies, who would have defended Hitler after the burning of the Reichstag, who would have championed the leadership of Oceania as they rewrote history.
I would like to know who you are, because while I still believe in the promise of America, you clearly do not – and so, goodbye.
Hoboken Democratic Committee Recording Secretary