Letter to the editor: Impeachment and Black History Month highlight Republican sexism and racism

By DAVE WESTER | Baraboo, Wis.

Aside from the corruption of the Republican Party, the impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump highlighted the party’s racism and sexism, with one notable exception. Republican Sen. Romney of Utah broke with his party to become the one Republican senator to uphold his moral convictions and vote to impeach our corrupt president. Wisconsin’s own Republican senator, Ron Johnson, aligned himself with the morally corrupt, as usual.

On the Democrats’ side of Congress was a gender-, age- and race-diverse group of prosecutors. Defending on the Republican side, and in sharp contrast to Democrats, was a group of nearly all old, mean-spirited, white males like Sen. Johnson.

It gets worse. One of Trump’s key lawyers was Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of the late pedophile and sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein. Two of Epstein’s young sex slaves have named Dershowitz as one of the men Epstein sent them to service.

Another friend of Epstein’s was Trump himself. Trump appointed the judge who got Epstein off with a slap on the wrist, Alexander Acosta, as his first Secretary of Labor. Acosta resigned when that relationship was exposed.

Wisconsin’s Republican legislature is no better. The all-white majority planned the legislature’s recognition of Black History Month without even talking to black members. That’s not just Republican racism, it’s Republican stupidity. What next, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Voss doing a comedy routine on the floor of the state Capitol in blackface?

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