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Since the beginning of June, I have written to U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, asking for his position on the following questions:

Is the president above the law? May he crush any investigation into his possible misdeeds? May he pardon himself? Where do you stand on these simple questions?

I received a delayed boilerplate response many weeks later that refused to engage with whether the president wields the authoritarian power of a monarch, or whether he, like all of us Americans, is subject to the rule of law enshrined in our Constitution. Regardless of party affiliation, this is simply unacceptable.

I wrote back several times trying to get an actual answer to what should be a very straightforward question: Do we live in a democratic republic, or an autocracy?

But Congressman Gianforte seemed either unable or unwilling to take a stance of principle and continued to refuse an answer.

We are witnessing a pivotal time in our nation’s history, a time when those whom we’ve elected to lead must excel and demonstrate the virtue and principle that is the lifeblood of our society. We cannot stand behind a man who refuses to stand behind America’s principles.

Bryce Ross,


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