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Letter: Hypocrisy is not a good look on Republicans

Jimmy Carter put his family peanut farm into a blind trust before he became president, and Republicans still hired a special prosecutor to investigate. Trump's multinational eponymous business remains in the family, with no discernible word from Republicans to investigate any potentially huge conflicts of interest.

Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied about extramarital affairs. Trump has bragged about his affairs and his star-powered ability to get away with groping women. Clearly the affairs weren't the problem; a lie must be worse than a boast. (And what signals is our collective voice sending to our young women?)

Hillary Clinton's server was hacked by foreign intelligence. Clinton carelessly but unwittingly revealed classified information which compromised US intelligence. Recently, Trump gladly revealed classified information to a non ally (Russia), likely outing the source and, in general, compromising US intelligence.

For these and many other reasons, I get the feeling that "it's ok if our guy does it." This is the textbook definition of hypocrisy, and it doesn't look good on Republicans. Our representatives for better or worse follow their constituents, so holding Trump accountable means that more honest Republicans need to speak out.

I sense that Trump's days as our president are numbered, and I expect the Republicans (or at least Trump) to blame Democrats for his fall.

Let's just say the Democrats have been warning Republicans about Trump for a long time, but I guess we'll shoot the messenger anyway.

Wagner lives in West Fargo.

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