Michael Gerson, a former aide to President George W. Bush, has written a column entitled “The Cowardice Among the Republicans is Staggering.” He is dumbfounded, as are many of us, as to why Republicans continue to back Trump - a man who is openly racist, a man who threatens our national security with taunts of using our nuclear weapons, a man who thinks he is above the law of the land, a man who thinks it's fine to sexually harass women, a man who wants to see the government shut down because he can't get his wall funded. As Gerson says, “what seemed like a temporary political compromise is becoming an indelible moral stain.” Our representative, John Shimkus, continues to back Trump all the way. He seems to have no conscience of his own, no thought of how the policies that he is supporting are going to harm his people, the people of central and southern Illinois. It's time to vote Shimkus out of office before he can do any more harm.

Ellen Wolcott, Charleston

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