Trump’s Takeover of the Republican Party

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To the Editor:

Re “Trump Came for Their Party but Took Over Their Souls,” by David Brooks (column, Feb. 9):

I’m still here, the moderate conservative who pundits have declared has vanished from the Republican Party. I can’t be the only one.

My soul is intact. I haven’t sold it to Donald Trump. I am pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-aid to Ukraine, pro-private sector.

I wait patiently for the happy day when the pendulum swings, the political fashion shifts as fashion always does, and we redesign the G.O.P. in the old mold. I already have the slogan: Make Republicans Great Again (MRGA). The acronym will fit on a (not red) visor.

I will be sure to place a large order so there will be plenty to pass out. The demand will be strong.

Margaret McGirr
Greenwich, Conn.

To the Editor:

If one seeks to identify the moment the Republican Party lost its soul, I suggest Feb. 13, 2021. On that date, 43 Republican senators voted “not guilty” on a “resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.” They thereby enabled the ongoing saga of Donald Trump, presidential candidate.

If a handful of Republican senators had shown the courage of their seven Republican colleagues and voted on the evidence the world saw live on Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump would not still be defining the Republican Party in 2024.

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