A few days after the insurgency on Capitol Hill, my father Jack began sending emails from his home in Lincoln, Kansas, to his representative and to senators in Congress. For some reason, he also shared these exchanges with me.
There was a new email almost every day, and the tone fluctuated between plea, anger, bewilderment, and frustration. There were emails asking his senators to vote to impeach Trump, emails demanding evidence to support allegations the election was stolen, emails trying to unravel their twisted logic.
One of those emails read, in part: “Your actions, and the actions of other Republicans like you, are destroying the Republican Party. Since I have always been a Republican, I hate what happened to Lincoln and Reagan’s party and the ideals of the past, to see it reduced to a cult of personality.
The responses from politicians made it clear that no one took my father’s criticism seriously. Kansas Rep. Tracey Mann sent a standard letter of response, saying “we must unite as a nation” which presumably meant moving on, forgetting the extravagant misdeeds of the Trump administration and voting against impeachment. When I asked my father if he expected his representatives to take responsibility for their involvement in the insurgency (Kansas Junior Senator Roger Marshall joined those who claimed that there had been fraud during the election), he replied: “No. Well no.”
My father’s frustration with the Republican …
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