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Republicans need to examine party

I’m writing in response to William Kibler’s Feb. 11 article entitled “State Dems call out GOP.”

In it, State Democratic leaders are calling out state and local politicians who “spread falsehoods about our election, protected conspiracy theorists in their ranks and stoked fears about a stolen election which ultimately led to violence.”

The local Republicans’ response was for Democrats to move on and focus on matters important to Pennsylvanians.

State Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, contended Trump is an obsession for Democrats, saying, “He’s in their heads, he owns them.”

This statement would be laughable if not so sad.

The fact is Trump continues to control the Republican party. The impeachment trial had nothing to do with Trump but rather an indictment of his Republican enablers that know right from wrong but refuse to stand up for the constitution in fear they will alienate Trump’s far-right base.

They are putting their personal ambitions ahead of their country. I will argue Trump is in the majority of Republicans’ heads. Trump is the puppeteer. He owns the party.

I’m a lifetime registered Republican. I believe in much of the Republican platform but can not bring myself to support the party in its present state, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

My Republican leaders need to develop a backbone and stand for what’s right and not just politically expedient.

Thank God for Republicans such as senators Pat Toomey and Mitt Romney and House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who had the courage to vote their conscience despite potential political fallout.

Our local politicians might start thinking about taking their lead.

Carl C. Dietze

Hollidaysburg

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