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Linda Hoffmann Kimball

He’s loyal, Mike Lee is. But the question is — to whom?

Recently released text messages between Senator Lee and Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, reveal that Senator Lee was eager to push the boundaries of ethics to overturn the results of the presidential election.

After the election, Lee was quick to find a way to discredit the results. On Nov. 7, Lee sent Meadows a statement signed by the leaders of several prominent conservative groups urging Trump to “exhaust all legal and constitutional remedies” to challenge the results.

He later urged Meadows to allow Sidney Powell’s conspiracy theories to frustrate the will of the people, sowing confusion about (disproved) voter fraud.

He distanced himself from Powell’s outlandish global conspiracy theories, but sought other ways to overturn the results that declared Joseph Biden the next duly elected president. Texting Mark Meadows, he wrote, “If a very small handful of states were to have their legislatures appoint alternate lists of delegates, there might be a way.”

In the tapes, Lee frequently urges Meadows to “tell me what I should say!” Apparently the truth was not an option. By then he had brought his matches to a deadly campfire.

Lee, loyalist that he is, was busy seeking any legal avenue to overturn the authoritative election results. In the end, even he acknowledged that substituting new (unauthorized) voters to count the votes was unconstitutional.

He may have brought his matches home, but his ominous sycophancy fueled the fire that his colleagues and rioters lit. He was complicit in staging the chaos, corruption and cataclysm of January 6th.

Blinded by obedience to the Golden One, Senator Lee attempted – valiantly, determinedly, unsuccessfully – to overturn a legal election.

We, the voters of Utah, want someone with a sharper, faster vision and loyalty to our state, as well as to our long-established democratic institutions. We don’t want anyone to be beholden to a corrupt and dishonest power broker. We want someone who won’t leave us to become a presidential toad. Lee himself has advocated for term limits since he was elected 12 years ago.

It’s time to say goodbye, Mike.

Say “I’m terribly sorry!” would be a good idea too.

Linda Hoffman Kimball lives in Woodland and is the artistic director and former co-editor of Segullah.org, an online art and literary journal for Latter-day Saint women. Kimball is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University.



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