Our political leaders must lead, not incite


MINOT, N.D. — Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the mountains of evidence showing that disgraced former President Donald Trump and his merry band of grifters and creeps weren’t crafting plans, for months, aimed at overturning the 2020 election.

Let’s pretend that the only thing Trump did was ripe up an angry mob with his election conspiracy horse pucky, and then aim said mob at the U.S. Capitol where senators, and his own vice president, were working on finalizing the election results.

That, on its own, is an egregious and dangerous lapse by an elected official.

But we shouldn’t pretend as though Trump and MAGA-world have a monopoly on dangerous incitements.

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, then the minority leader for the Democratic caucus, said in 2020, in the context of a lawsuit over a Louisiana abortion law.

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