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Joyce shows same attitude as Trump

I disagree with Rep. John Joyce’s opinion piece on Dec. 29.

Representative government does require faith in the electoral system. When one party plants seeds of doubt, it is a clear threat to that trust. President Donald Trump cast doubt on this election long before it took place, based not on facts but on conspiracy theories.

It is critical that the decision of the electorate be accepted by the loser and that the winner be given the tools for a smooth transition. Not only has Trump been unwilling to accept the results in the face of decisions by election officials and judges of his own party, but he seems convinced that there is some secret path to success that is being withheld by his enemies.

If the problem is that the country is deeply divided, calling Democratic governors hyper-partisan feeds that problem. In fact, from day one of his presidency, Trump made it clear that he had no interest in anyone who didn’t support him. He’s not the president of the United States, but rather the president of Trump supporters.

Joyce seems to have the same attitude. If you are not a supporter of Trump, you are a socialist, a tyrant or regressive.

Act 77 is a bipartisan effort to make voting easier and safer. It joined us with 31 other states and Washington, D.C., to make mail-in voting more accessible, not to deprive Trump of a second term. It was praised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Implying that allegations of wrongdoing were not pursued ignores the facts. Record numbers of challenges were raised and considered by officials from the local level to the Supreme Court.

Should the 74 million votes for Trump count more than the 81 million votes for Biden? While Trump’s vote total broke records, it still doesn’t make him the winner. If a basketball team scores a record number of points, it still isn’t victorious if its opponent scores even more.

Joyce’s assessment of the choices facing the voters is misleading. It was a contest between two differing visions for the country and more voters chose Biden’s vision than Trump’s. After unprecedented scrutiny, even those who dislike the result must graciously accept it.

Spreading doubt is what threatens our democracy, not the change in leadership.

Barbara Tessin

Hollidaysburg

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