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Every once in a while I’m pleasantly surprised by one of Idaho’s senior-most politicians.

Last week, Congressman Mike Simpson told the Associated Press that President Donald Trump's comments about "s---hole countries" in Africa were "stupid and irresponsible and childish. He's president of the United States. That's not how a president behaves, and for all those people out there that are enamored with Trump's behavior and think this is no big deal, well shame on them. This is a big deal. America's influence and power in the world have really been about our ability to persuade because of our leadership, and he's just destroying that."

He then went on to say that Trump had "demonstrated that he is unfit to be president, and I cannot support him."

Of course he’s absolutely right, but that’s what makes him a truly exceptional 21st century Republican. Mike Simpson is one of a tiny band of GOP congresspersons — notably Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah — courageous enough to take Trump to task for his outrageous behavior. In contrast, Sen. Mike Crapo who initially raised a fuss over Trump’s October 2016 "Access Hollywood" tape, then decided to reverse himself; Sen. Jim Risch continues to serve as an apologist for Trump's handling of the Russian election hacking affair and FBI Director Comey’s firing; and, Rep. Labrador has consistently acted in ways that should embarrass any civilized person who had voted for him.

We'll have another opportunity to vote for our leaders soon. Let's give some serious thought about what that actually means this time around.

Darry Siemer

Idaho Falls


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