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Letter: Sullivan betrayed his oath

  • Author: Peter Jenkins
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 22
  • Published February 22

Sen. Dan Sullivan is a physically brave man. He has demonstrated this by his service in the United State Marine Corps. I respect and honor him for his service. Not so on the political front.

When Sullivan became a senator, he took the oath of office. The first part of this oath states that his only allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States. The president or any political entity are not mentioned.I think that Sen. Sullivan has not lived up to this oath. He failed to condemn the thousands of lies and misrepresentations put out by ex-president Donald Trump, whose failure to organize a national response to the greatest pandemic the world has seen in 100 years has resulted in one of the highest death rates in the world. He did not hold accountable ex-president Trump for trying to overturn an election that every official, 60 judges and two Supreme Court decisions stated was without serious error. He even called, and sometimes threatened officials to overturn already certified results. Sen. Sullivan remained silent.

Even Sen. Mitch McConnell stated that Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection; Sen. Sullivan voted to absolve him.

Silence is an action; Sen. Sullivan’s lack of action and silence I think indicates he failed in carrying out his oath of office. Hopefully we will remember this five years from now.  

— Peter Jenkins

Eagle River

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