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Look around you

To the editor:

A combination of COVID-19, the current economic collapse and civil unrest have put our country, its people, our democracy and all we hold dear at risk.

On March 16, Trump stated about COVID-19, “One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” At that time — 15 cases. It was that day he visited the CDC and stated “there will be 4 million tests, anybody can get one.” Two weeks later, 3% of people were tested. (Financial Times). As of June 4, 107,700-plus people (conservatively) have died.

June 4 headlines in the Wall Street Journal included: “US Economy Faces Long Recovery for Coronavirus Effects, Experts Say,” “The US Economy contracted 5% in the first quarter of 2020,” “Cities Across the US are Hemorrhaging Money,” and “Meat Stays Costly as Crunch Eases.” Our economy approaches a disaster bigger than the Great Depression.

On June 3, Jim Mattis, former U.S. secretary of Defense, broke with 17 months of silence and said, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who make a mockery of our Constitution,” (The Atlantic). This in reference to how the Trump administration is handling legal protests and the murder of George Floyd.

On Feb. 7, Trump said, “It’s most incredible what’s going on with you, Elise.” “I was up campaigning for helping her, and I thought, ‘She looks good, she looks like good talent.'” (City & State New York). Stefanik is part of the administration that is killing America, is killing our people, our economy, our democracy, our livelihoods, lifestyles and way of life. We cannot afford two more years of Elise Stefanik. Look around you, life is in shambles, and this will last for years. Vote Tedra Cobb in November as we work to take back our lives, livelihoods, liberties and our country.

Laura Holzer

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