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Kevin Gilman: View Trump’s firing of Comey through lens of democracy







What would have happened if a year ago President Obama had fired the director of the FBI during the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email mess?

Republicans, and hopefully most Democrats, would have been outraged that the president thought it was OK to interfere with the rule of law.

Donald Trump recently fired the director of the FBI during an investigation of possible links between Trump's campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections. Why are so many Republicans remaining silent on this issue? It is the same issue.

Trump's decision to fire James Comey should not be viewed through a red lens or a blue lens of partisan politics; it must be viewed through the red, white and blue lens of American democracy.

Democracy is a very fragile thing, and we all need to vigilantly defend it. Overzealously defending democracy is better than under defending democracy.

Trump's action, regardless of his explanation, is now a bigger story than Russia's meddling in the election. Russia blatantly attacked the core of our democracy: free and independent elections.

Remaining silent or condoning Trump's blatant abuse of power is a self-inflicted wound and a more egregious threat to our democracy. Every American should voice outrage.

Kevin Gilman

Steamboat Springs