MARK ZIMMERMAN

The utter and complete failure of a presidency and an administration: that’s what we have witnessed over the past four years from Donald J. Trump and his appointees and sycophants. We, as a nation, were in deep trouble from the beginning of the Trump presidency, and the situation has significantly worsened over the last 12 months since the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the country. The domestic terrorism displayed by Americans at the Capitol building on January 6th was difficult to watch, and has been even more difficult to process and comprehend over the ensuing days. The lawlessness and rioting, the loss of life, the destruction of sacred property, and the fear injected into our elected lawmakers who were trying to serve the will of the majority of US citizens is unacceptable. These actions should be universally condemned, and those individuals who are directly responsible for the mayhem, as well as those who facilitated it (including Donald Trump and his sons, Rudy Giuliani, Mo Brooks, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone) must be held responsible and accountable for their actions and suffer the appropriate consequences.

So now we wait, in fear and trepidation, for what will happen prior to and during the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on January 20th. I have a son-in-law who works in a non-governmental position at the Capitol building; will he be put in additional harm’s way over the coming weeks and months?

This is not the America I’ve known for the nearly seven decades of my life. I have friends and acquaintances who supported and voted for Trump, twice, and I truly struggle to understand their reasons, particularly during this past election. Seventy-four million-plus US citizens voted for Trump in 2020; that’s a lot of people. I know they must have a rationale, and maybe it’s simply because they just flat-out don’t trust Democrats. The last four years have shone a glaring spotlight on the degree to which we are polarized, politically and ideologically, in this country. We’ve got to find ways to understand each other better, to begin a healing process, and to repair some of the wounds that have been opened. I hope that I have the courage to engage with my acquaintances who supported Trump, to listen and understand their feelings, and to convey my positions to them, so hopefully I won’t lose forever the bonds I’ve forged with them.

Mark Zimmerman is a resident of Frederick County.

(40) comments

john brown

I will never befriend the racist that voted for tRump in 2016 or 2020...I have stopped all communications with any previous associate who I have found to be a racist traitor due to their allegiance and vote for tRump...so no, I want nothing to do with these 2021 "confederates"... they need to be tried, convicted and hanged for their attempted coup all in the name of white supremacy

Bernie Mac

Who would want to be friends with someone that calls everyone childish names.

ShruggingAtlas

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Spock Here

Cultists having fun supporting Q and insurrection and making fun of those who disagree. Even Mitch, the Rino.....

Blackhorsegirl

While at the doctors there were individuals still spewing ideas that 50-60 courts, 80+ judges, and the Supreme Court twice are “purposely refusing to look at evidence. These same misguided individuals now believe the vicious attack on our Capital was Antifa and Trump supporters tried to “protect” the building and the people in it. Those of us who witnessed it live know that to be a lie. Psychologist will have a hay day with this bunch who believe lies instead of what can be seen in order not to think their beloved Trump and ultimately them are at fault. What a joke.

Trump has embraced and encouraged, and empowered the racist dregs and slime of our society and encouraged them to come out of their dark holes. If you embrace, accept, and believe in Trump, you embrace the racist dregs of our society. This is who you are.

Steve Cunningham

Blackhorsegirl, what changed in a day? LOL

Blackhorsegirl Jan 10, 2021 10:39pm

Oh, and no one hates here. I am a Christian and I don’t hate. It requires too much energy and focus on the part of the hater and, to be honest, no one deserves so much of my time for a negative emotion. Besides, over 80 million good Americans took care of the problem. 😘

Doc Samson

@Steve - C'mon, man! Pointing their never-ending hypocrisy is like shooting fish in a barrel, i.e. see Hagan-chan's post below and then watch as he whines and complains when mean words are directed his way. The Left is governed by emotion devoid of all rational thought...

Bernie Mac

The primary characteristic of Democrats is hypocrisy. In 2016, they claimed that Trump stole the election and was illegitimate. Today, these same Democrats are screaming that "Stop The Steal" is seditious and threatens the survival of the country. They are HYPOCRITES!!!!! The lowest of the low. Lower than the dog waste on your lawn.

Spock Here

"A man photographed in a sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz” was arrested Wednesday and charged with taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, officials said."

hagansan

The greatest family tragedy in my life was witnessing my sister's decline from a vibrant professional and loving mother to a hostile, suspicious paranoid schizophrenic bag lady. We flew down to Florida and tried to talk to her but she was too far gone, immune to all reason and persuasion.

And when I see the irrational rants of the spittle-flinging rattlesnake worshipping radicals in this paper it reminds me of Ann. None so blind as those who refuse to see.

Spock Here

Such a sad story, so very sorry. I walked into a room with Fox on and a couple family members slackjawed with vacant eyes. I walked out. Truly, it's awful.

Blackhorsegirl

We are sorry for your Florida relative. However, along with Mr. Spock’s relatives, there are many who simply move from one lie to another. Our friend Bernie is an example. When courts nationwide threw out the “fact” that the election is fraudulent, they simply moved on to the lie that 50-60 courts, 80+ judges, and the Supreme Court now 3 times refused to “look” at evidence. There’s always another lie to to pick up the baton. These people truly believe this in their desperation. Winston Churchill said, “A lie is halfway around the world before truth gets its pants on.” Even the naked truth would be welcome.

Steve Cunningham

But here you are Chuck, blind to anything that you do not approve of. Hypocrite much?!?

hagansan

'Hypocrite'

--is a noun.

Blackhorsegirl

Ok, Bernie has had his daily rant of misinformation. Let’s put it aside for what it is. What is already bothering me is what’s going to come in the future from Republicans. The “This isn’t who we are,” is going to start. The fact is that’s exactly who they are. In Georgia and Michigan, Republicans are already starting to find ways to suppress the vote of minorities. It is a racist party who supported, embraced, and voted for a deranged man who supported and embraced white suprematism, the KKK, the party of Hitler (this paper will not allow us to use the N word), QAnon, and other despicable individuals and groups. Your true self has simply come out of the closet and is now responsible for murder when they beat to death a police officer with a fire extinguisher.

Stacy Abrams and her organization and other groups that have signed on with her are starting. They have set their sights on South Carolina and Mississippi. It likely will not all happen by 2022 and it could take years. Be aware Republicans: nationwide these groups are Coming For You.

Steve Cunningham

Blackhorsegirl Jan 10, 2021 10:39pm

Oh, and no one hates here. I am a Christian and I don’t hate. It requires too much energy and focus on the part of the hater and, to be honest, no one deserves so much of my time for a negative emotion. Besides, over 80 million good Americans took care of the problem. 😘

Bernie Mac

Obviously, I have a winter cabin in the head of Blackhorseloser. It's a little drafty.

Journey2goremtns1

Welcome to the Divided States of America. Stock up on ammunition. Protect your country, protect your family, and protect your property.

hagansan

Your puppetmasters in Moscow will be pleased how effectively they have turned you against your own fellow citizens.

Bernie Mac

When President Trump says "Let's all remain peaceful" the lunatic Democrats hear a call for violence. Maybe that is because the lunatic Democrats have been saying that rioting, looting, burning and murder is "peaceful protests". The lunatic Democrats need to clean the feces out of their ears.

hagansan

What about Giuliani exhorting the crowd to have "trial by combat"? Or Trump “If you don't fight like h3ll, you're not going to have a country anymore” or "We're going to have to fight much harder" and “You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength." What about the indefensible deceptions that the election was stolen and "stripped away from us"? What about the thousands of lies and acts of duplicity since the 'American carnage' speech four years ago? And the 'don't believe the media' lies as part of the sinister strategy to dismiss respectable news organizations as 'fake news'?

Godwin's Law notwithstanding, the riot was the Republican Kristallnacht. This was the moment in history we will relate to our grandchildren as the closest we ever came to the destruction of American democracy.

Blackhorsegirl

Giuliani should be disbarred and the arrested. Enough time wasted on a useless individual and criminal.

Steve Cunningham

Blackhorsegirl Jan 10, 2021 10:39pm

Oh, and no one hates here. I am a Christian and I don’t hate. It requires too much energy and focus on the part of the hater and, to be honest, no one deserves so much of my time for a negative emotion. Besides, over 80 million good Americans took care of the problem. 😘

Spock Here

GOP Sen. Portman:

"I call on Pres. Trump to address the nation and explicitly urge his supporters to remain peaceful and refrain from violence. If our nation experiences additional violence ... and he does not directly and unambiguously speak out ... he will bear responsibility."

Doc Samson

Ah, whataboutism at it's finest! Is there any standard that you hold both sides to, hagan-chan? Any at all? I see you are now appropriating Jewish culture to make ridiculous comparisons, blind to the irony of your support of "cancel culture" and censorship. Plot twist: you are the modern day N@zis, cleansing society of all that you deem deplorable. Thank goodness your faith in Big Gov't is unwavering and based on China-approved, DNC "facts"! Keep it real, bro!

Spock Here

Calling this the Republican Kristallnacht is somehow "appropriating" a culture thousands of years old? Wasn't this an event seeking to end that culture? You need to stop being so "faux insulted" where religion is concerned, whether it's catholic or jewish roots you claim. Maybe be an American for once. And an adult.

Spock Here

A man photographed in a sweatshirt that read “Camp Auschwitz” was arrested Wednesday and charged with taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, officials said.

Bernie Mac

For the last 4 years, all we have heard from the sleazy Democrats is "illegitimate, resist, Russian collusion, impeach, Hitler, racist, bigot", etc...

While at the same time completely ignoring any accomplishments and benefits of the Trump Presidency.

DemonRats have done nothing but scream, yell, complain, lie, fabricate, riot, burn, murder and loot.

And now these lying Democrat hypocrites all all acting like angels calling for unity. Well, not a chance. You will get back what you have been giving out for four years.

Biden is hair-sniffing creep!

Biden is a moron!

Biden is a criminal!

Biden is a Chinese toady!

Never Biden!

Impeach Biden!

Harris is liar!

Harris is a hypocrite!

Harris slept her way to the top!

Spock Here

I hope you're going to give those hamsters in your head a good breakfast and long nap. You have them working overtime already today on your Putin points. Hasn't he called you back to the Winter Palace yet?

slowe

Sadly, many Trumpsters are like religious believers, reasonable arguments are ignored or fail due to their emotional ties and feelings. It’s like deconverting a religious believer: They don’t want to be wrong or change their minds. It would hurt too much.

Conservative

Sounds exactly like you with your lifestyle choices.

john brown

or your hate agenda "conservative", whatever that means anymore, with your hate for everyone not white nationalist... you don't tread on me right wing nutjobs have really pushed the envelope this time.. we are all wondering did "conservative, goat, gore, struggling" all participate in the failed coup d etat against the government of the United States. If so, they need to be locked up for their treason.

hagansan

Do you have anything to say about SLowe's rational, insightful, poignant observation or are you just content with your disgusting, deprecating ad hominem stab?

I'd rather be of any conceivable character rather than sink to the despicable, callous indifference and hate of radical right conservatives, devoid of all reason and empathy.

Doc Samson

"when I see the irrational rants of the spittle-flinging rattlesnake worshipping radicals in this paper it reminds me of Ann. None so blind as those who refuse to see."

Irony, thy name is hagan-chan (or lesLie, or Sporky, or the BHG, or... ad nausuem)...

john brown

conservative ... seek help... you are in a cult

Bryan.the.Nuri

Still trying to attack him on his orientation? When did you decide you were straight?

hagansan

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shinyhappypeople

They ARE believers and trump IS their god. No kidding. And when you think your god is speaking to you-divining you to riot/kill/steal/take back...you do it. God loves you and will forgive you. Maybe pardon you. This is a cult, and he is the leader.

Blackhorsegirl

And exactly what are our lifestyle choices? I really want to know somI can find them somewhere. 😂

Spock Here

Your lifestyle choices are in the huge volume known as The Gay Agenda. I think it's chapter 2.....I've never found it, I've just heard of it.

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