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Letter: Talk about 'deplorables,' how about the misrepresentatives?

To the editor:

The full text of Clinton's famous "deplorables" paragraph was, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that.And he has lifted them up."

If you are proudly among the "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic" crowd, you have more than earned your deplorable label. None of those characteristics are among the qualities that made this country great, but they have been prominent in all of the nation's worst moments. As for the people who "voted for Trump" and who are not racist, sexist, homophobic, Xenophobic, Islamaphobic, anti-science, vote-suppressing and anti-democratic, and terrified of change, President Lincoln supposedly had an opinion about them: "you can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time ... ."

Trump's long list of scam businesses has proved that statement; repeatedly across all lines of education, industry, and income. Trump has fooled small-business owners, victims of his "university," U.S. and international bankers and investors, taxpayers who footed the bill for his real estate frauds and failures, the IRS, and hapless people who thought they'd somehow "get so tired of winning."

A rational response to having been fooled is always "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." An irrational response is to double-down on those anti-American, anti-democratic, racist, fear-based delusions.

The radical right has repeatedly cited the 2017 shooting at the Republican baseball game practice as an example that the left is "as bad as us," but the statistics on terrorist shootings in this country overwhelmingly contradicts that argument. The latest two public attacks just add to that evidence.

Conflating the occasional moment when Republican congresscritters are embarrassed and confronted in public places with bombings and mass shootings is, in fact, deplorable. One of many responsibilities of being in politics is being available to hear opinions other than those coming from the propaganda control centers and hand-selected audiences. When senators and representatives refuse to meet with their constituents in open meetings they've pretty much left citizens who disagree with them only the option of making their opinions known on those rare moments when their misrepresentatives show their faces in public. If that strikes terror in their tiny hearts, they are clearly not the right people for the job.

T.W. Day

Red Wing