David Rothkopf+ Your Authors @djrothkopf Proud father of J & L, husband of C, CEO, TRG, host, Deep State Radio; next book-"Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump." Jun. 23, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

I'm a take-no prisoners defeat Trump, Trumpism and the GOP at all costs @EWarren Democrat. There is no equivalency between our corrupt president and his party and the Democrats. I vigorously support @JoeBiden. But I think it is essential to winning to acknowledge Dem weaknesses.

It is not both-sidesism to question our candidate, to question our leaders, to ask how they can do better, to keep our eyes wide open. Quite the contrary, it is essential to winning and to then wiping away all traces of the damage done by 40 years of toxic right wing ideology.

Of course, we must not do this in ways that damage our chances of winning back the Senate and the House. But we also must not remain silent to flaws that will put that at risk...or that will make it impossible to rise to the gigantic challenges before us as a country.

Trump is evil. Barr is evil. McConnell is evil. Any Democrat is better. All Democrats represent a much better opportunity for the country than any Republicans. But Democrats are not perfect. All have their short-comings. It is up to us to overcome them.

The crowd that says how dare you criticize Obama or Biden or Pelosi or any of these (immensely valuable and deservedly respected) leaders does their cause no service. The crowd that attacks and tries to silence criticism from the well-intentioned actively does it disservice.

If that is hard for you to hear or to live with, with greatest respect, you need to consider that you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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