Contest everything

After Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, VA, where a mob of white supremacists and Klansmen felt so enabled by the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency and the elevation of Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to the highest levels of power in the Trump Administration that they could march unmasked and shamelessly through the streets of that city to protest the removal of a statue of a traitor, there are still members of the Republican Party who will say “they didn’t do that in my name.”

That’s true enough, but what is also true is that Trump’s flaws and his reliance on the likes of Bannon were very apparent throughout the campaign of 2016. Trump’s behavior was evident from his announcement of his candidacy when he said “Mexicans are rapists” to his final screeches of “lock her up.” Republican voters knew who and what they were voting for and were good with it.

Trump and his followers’ behavior must be hung around the necks of every Republican candidate for office from now through 2018. Daily. His executive orders should be contested in court, his agencies’ rules must be fought, and the people in Federal Government who are resisting must be supported.