Email #27, Subect: Unite and work together

You wrote shortly after the election that: “Regardless of which candidate you supported, the most important thing we can do is to come together and rally around the freedoms with which we are blessed. Let’s unite and get to work. I’m ready to do just that.” That sounds great, but why didn’t you say that after the 2012 election? Or the 2008 election? Why only now that there’s going to be a Republican in the White House is it important that we “come together” and “unite and get to work.” One of your party leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell, said in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Even before Obama was in office seven different Republican Senators told Vice-President-elect Biden that the GOP demanded “unified resistance.” That’s the kind of “unite and work together” policy your party has endorsed for the last eight years. How do you justify your opposite statements now? Shouldn’t those who opposed Trump in the election instead model themselves on the behavior of Republicans?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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