The outgoing president asserts, “We have to be remembered for what’s been done.” I actually agree.

He and his administration will be remembered for separating children from their parents, failing to reunite children and their parents, and caging children; for loosening rather than maintaining or strengthening rules to limit pollution and for failing to adequately act to control climate change; for discriminating against immigrants, people of color, and people of other religions; for promoting white supremacy; for dismantling the office that could have dealt effectively with the pandemic and for knowingly keeping the public in the dark about the severity of the pandemic; for sidelining science and promoting conspiracy theories; for withdrawing from our global commitments; for acting as if he’s above the law and for his attacks on those who spoke the truth about his administration’s attacks on the rule of law; for his narcissistic behavior and his apparent lack of empathy for those who suffer from health, climate, and political disasters; for threatening the peaceful transition of power and for undermining our democracy; for 20,000-and-counting false or misleading claims in three and a half years in office, averaging 50 false or misleading claims a day; for repeatedly making false and baseless claims about election fraud; for urging people to betray their oath of office by rejecting and/or falsifying election results; and for seemingly inspiring local Republican candidates (Rep. Pete Stauber, Donna Bergstrom, Tom Sullivan, and Art Johnston) to also question and file lawsuits challenging the elections.

Like the other 81 million-plus voters who chose the more vital election over rallies and cast ballots for President-elect Joe Biden, I fervently hope the words of President Gerald Ford, following President Richard Nixon’s resignation, will rule the day starting on Jan. 20: “Our long national nightmare is over.”

Eileen Zeitz Hudelson


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