The level of crazy in the post-election world is becoming more and more worrisome. Election officials all over the country have received death threats. A meeting of public health officials on Zoom was interrupted by people banging on the doors of the homes where the officials lived. A few persons on both sides seem to WANT to take up arms against the other side.
And through it all, our president continues to rile up his followers, and to cower elected Republicans into silence.
A week ago, a Georgia election official held a press conference to call out President Trump and Republican leaders who continue to attack Georgia’s election system. “Someone’s going to get hurt, someone’s going to get shot, someone’s going to get killed,” Gabriel Sterling, with the secretary of state’s office, said Tuesday afternoon in an emotional and forceful news conference. “It’s not right.”
Among other things, a Twitter thread accusing a young technician working on the recount of altering votes led to his identity being released and calls for him to be “hung for treason.” Meanwhile, caravans of horn-honking Trump supporters constantly parade past Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s private residence, and his wife has reportedly received sexually explicit threats.
It’s time for elected Republicans to grow a spine and call this out for what it is: domestic terrorism. It is an attempt to achieve a political end through violence. And when someone actually does get harmed (and they will), the blood will be on the hands of those who would not speak up.
In my many, many years of civic involvement in this country, I have never seen such abandonment of both principle and common sense. When wearing masks is political, we have reached a new low as a state and as a nation.
Let us hope that a few Republican “Profiles in Courage” arise to stop the madness.