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Radical Trumpism is here to stay -- Michael Prestigiacomo

Radical Trumpism is here to stay -- Michael Prestigiacomo

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I was sickened by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and the other 42 cowardly GOP senators who voted “not guilty” during Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

They chose to ignore Trump’s responsibility for inciting the mob, leading to the attack and insurrection against our nation’s capitol. Johnson and his colleagues also provided credence to millions of Americans who still believe Trump’s utterly false narrative that the election was “stolen.”

It was not.

All 50 states legally certified their election results, with Joe Biden clearly winning the electoral vote and becoming our new president.

The ex-president’s “not guilty” verdict also destroyed the last vestiges of the GOP, while validating the Party of Trump to eliminate moderate Republicans within their ranks, and to double-down on voter suppression while turning a blind eye toward right-wing political violence in securing future elections.

Hardcore Trumpism throughout the country is here to stay, and the rest of the free world has taken note.

Michael Prestigiacomo, Madison

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