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

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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