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An Open Letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the 45th President

Donald Trump being sworn in on January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Photo from White House Facebook page.

Donald Trump being sworn in on January 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Photo from White House Facebook page.

Dear Mr. Speaker,

I would like to begin with congratulations. I’m sure you will enjoy yourself on inauguration day. After all, it isn’t often that a Republican becomes President. It would be an even more impressive day if he was qualified to be President, won the election without Russian help, and won the vote of a plurality, let alone a majority, of Americans. Nevermind, that he is the least prepared and qualified President ever, the Russians worked very hard to elect him and more than 2.9 million Americans voted for Hillary Clinton over your candidate. Well, you can’t win them all. Your party’s in power, and that’s the most important thing.

Mr. Speaker, you have a responsibility now. Your party failed their civic duty in embracing your candidate, nominating him and electing him, but that is in the past now. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. He is dangerous and cannot be left alone to his devices. Left alone, Donald Trump is a racist, xenophobic, nationalist, climate change denying, sexist, Russian sympathizer (I assume that Donald Trump lives his life by the golden rule, treat others as you would like to be treated, and will treat him appropriately), and he could set America back generations. You cannot take the approach that he is a Republican, so you must support him. Doing so would make yourself and your party culpable for his actions. You hold a majority in Congress, so your party members are the only ones who can stop him.  

Mr. Speaker, the time for victory celebrations is over. The citizens of the United States are ready for what comes next. They are ready to fight to protect their country from Trump. The question is, are you? If you don’t stand up to him now, you will not be able to stand up to him later. If you let Trump run over you, you and your party will feel the well-deserved wrath of the American people in 2018.

Donald Trump will fall. Maybe he will be impeached for all his various crimes, or resign, or be defeated in a landslide in 2020. However he falls, you have to decide now if you want the party of Lincoln to fall with him.

Ryan Hamilton

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