As I watch and read the news each day, I continue to be intrigued by the unfolding of events in Washington. The majority of the GOP are still claiming that the election was not only won by Donald Trump, but stolen from him. My sense of it is that with all of the deniers out there, it also seems that perhaps the election didn’t actually take place at all!

Why do I say that? Because while Trump may have left the proverbial building, he clearly has not left the podium. The papers are once again full of him.

See this AP article titled “What insurrection?

Here are some highlights:

  • “One Republican at the hearing Wednesday called the rioters a “mob of misfits.”
  • “One compared them to tourists.”
  • “And a third suggested the sweeping federal investigation into the riot –  which yielded more than 400 arrests and counting – amounts to a national campaign of harassment.”

Instead Wyoming Representative, Liz Cheney (photo above) has been ousted from her leadership position in the party for repeatedly calling out Trump and Republicans for false election claims.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another target of the rioters, has said “I don’t know of a normal day around here when people are threatening to hang the vice president of the United States or shoot the speaker, or injure so many police officers.”

Is there an antidote to all of this? If it can’t be found in Washington, try a little fiction. Check out the words of the protagonist, Charlie Wyatt, in my political novel, The Contrarian Candidate. When Charlie gets behind the podium in his bid to challenge the sitting President, he suggests talking, listening and understanding. See how the power of fiction works for you in the face of Washington today. And when you finish reading my book, let me know what you think!