I have been a registered Republican for many years. However, I am outraged that some Republicans would call for a censure of Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to convict former President Donald Trump at the conclusion of his second impeachment trial. 

I am baffled by those who argue that President Trump’s inflammatory words played no role at all in the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill. These riots left a black eye on the democracy of the United States of America, and anyone who would suggest Donald Trump, who over the past four years has proven himself again and again to be an angry and dangerous demagogue and is not at the least somewhat complicit in the violence on Jan. 6, is not being honest.

Despite Trump’s insistence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, not a single shred of legitimate evidence has come forth to prove this. Not a single election official in the country, Democrat or Republican, has agreed with any of the claims made by Trump or his campaign. At the same time, not a single federal judge, even those appointed by Republican presidents, has ruled in favor of the Trump campaign in any of the lawsuits they brought forth.   

Over the past year or so many Republicans and conservative activists have expressed outrage at what is described as the “cancel culture,” which is removing anyone or anything which falls out of favor with acceptable American society. But I would argue that a censor of Mitt Romney, a man who refused to kowtow to people like Donald Trump, would be the same as any act of the cancel culture which so many conservatives claim to abhor.  

Clark Roger Larsen