Utah senator should remember his oath of office and vote to convict Trump.
“Look,” he said. “Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is entitled to a mulligan once in a while.”
(For those who don’t know what a “mulligan” is, it’s the informal practice in golf of giving someone another shot after a poor swing.)
I believe in mulligans — both in golf and in life. It’s true that we all make mistakes, that we all hope for second chances, that we all need mercy. And we all sometimes say dumb things off the cuff that we shouldn’t necessarily be held accountable for.
Trump’s persistent inflammatory comments and tweets over many months were no mere slips of the tongue (or thumb). They were deliberate efforts to rile his supporters by first casting doubt on the security of our free and fair elections and then by continuing to perpetuate the lie that the election had been stolen.
Trump incited the violent insurrection of Jan. 6 for his own self-serving purposes with cold-hearted and calculated cunning. People died in that unimaginably horrific attack on our Capitol. The sacred temple of our democracy was breached by a violent, foul-mouthed, Trump-flag carrying mob intent on obeying their “boss.”
“You’re outnumbered,” one of the rioters shouted at Capitol police officers during the attack. “There’s a f—— million of us out there, and we are listening to Trump.”
A sitting president who deliberately defiles his sacred oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” deserves no mulligan. And I call upon Sen. Lee, a man who I believe is a good man who has temporarily forgotten who he is and what he truly believes, to now honor his own oath in this impeachment trial to do impartial justice, so help him God.
It’s not too late for you, Sen. Lee. As your constituent, I’m willing to give you this mulligan.
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Pleasant Grove, is a writer, teacher, community organizer and an accidental activist. She currently sits on the advisory board of Brigham Young University’s Civic Engagement program. The thoughts expressed here are her own.