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â€śI am sick and tired of this administration. Iâ€™m sick and tired of whatâ€™s going on. Iâ€™m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I hope you are, too.â€ť - Joe Biden
Iâ€™m sick and tired too.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who pretends that a caravan of impoverished refugees is an â€śinvasionâ€ť by â€śunknown Middle Easternersâ€ť and â€śbad thugsâ€ť - and whose followers on Fox News pretend that the refugees are bringing leprosy and smallpox to the United States. (Smallpox was eliminated about40 years ago.)
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who misuses his office to demagogue on immigration - by sending 5,200 unnecessary troops to the border and by threatening to rescind by executive order the 14th Amendment guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who is so self-absorbed that he thinks he is the real victim of mail-bomb attacks on his political opponents - and who, after visiting Pittsburgh despite being asked by local leaders to stay away, tweeted about how he was treated, not about the victims of the synagogue massacre.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who cheers a congressman for his physical assault of a reporter, calls the press the â€śenemy of the peopleâ€ť and wonâ€™t stop or apologize even after bombs were sent to CNN in the mail.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who employs the language of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish financier George Soros and â€śglobalists,â€ť and wonâ€™t apologize or retract even after what is believed to be the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who wonâ€™t stop engaging in crazed partisanship, denouncing Democrats as â€śevil,â€ť â€śun-Americanâ€ť and â€śtreasonousâ€ť subversives who are in league with criminals.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who cares so little about right-wing terrorism that, on the very day of the synagogue shooting, he proceeded with a campaign rally, telling his supporters, â€śLetâ€™s have a good time.â€ť
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who presides over one of the most unethical administrations in U.S. history - with three Cabinet members resigning for reported ethical infractions and the secretary of the interior the subject of at least18 federal investigations.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who flouts norms of accountability by refusing to release his tax returns or place his business holdings in a blind trust.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who lies outrageously and incessantly - an average of eight times a day - claiming recently that there are riots in California and that a bill that passed the Senate by 98-1 had â€śvery little Democrat support.â€ť
Iâ€™m sick and tired of a president who canâ€™t be bothered to work hard and instead prefers to spend his time watching Fox News and acting like a Twitter troll.
And Iâ€™m sick and tired of Republicans who go along with Trump - defending, abetting and imitating his egregious excesses.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., acting like a caddie for the man he once denounced as a â€śkookâ€ť - just this week, Graham endorsed Trumpâ€™s call for rescinding â€śbirthright citizenship,â€ť a kooky idea if ever there was one.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who got his start in politics as a protege of the â€śbleeding-heart conservativeâ€ť Jack Kemp, refusing to call out Trumpâ€™s race-baiting.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of Republicans who once complained about the debt adding $113 billion to the federal debt just in fiscal year 2018.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of Republicans who once championed free trade refusing to stop Trump as he launches trade wars with all of our major trade partners.
Iâ€™m sick and tired of Republicans who not only refuse to investigate Trumpâ€™s alleged ethical violations but who also help him to obstruct justice by maligning the FBI, the special counsel and the Justice Department.
Most of all, Iâ€™m sick and tired of Republicans who feel that Trumpâ€™s blatant bigotry gives them license to do the same - with Rep. Pete Olson, R-Tex., denouncing his opponent as an â€śIndo-American carpetbagger,â€ť Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis warning voters not to â€śmonkey this upâ€ť by electing his African American opponent, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., labeling his â€śPalestinian-Mexicanâ€ť opponent a â€śsecurity riskâ€ť who is â€śworking to infiltrate Congress,â€ť and Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, accusing his opponent, who is of Indian-Tibetan heritage, of â€śselling out Americansâ€ť because he once worked at a law firm that settled terrorism-related cases against Libya.
If youâ€™re sick and tired too, here is what you can do. Vote for Democrats on Tuesday. For every office. Regardless of who they are.
And I say that as a former Republican. Some Republicans in suburban districts may claim they arenâ€™t for Trump. Donâ€™t believe them.
Whatever their private qualms, no Republicans have consistently held Trump to account. They are too scared that doing so will hurt their chances of reelection. If youâ€™re as sick and tired as I am of being sick and tired about whatâ€™s going on, vote against all Republicans. Every single one.
Thatâ€™s the only message they will understand.
Max Boot is a Post columnist.