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VOICES: The truth must be told to Trump supporters

The lengths that Trump’s followers have been willing to go to for him is beyond imagination. All he had to do was lie and tell his followers that he would march with them to the Capitol and they believed every word and were willing to do (and actually did) unspeakable acts that resulted in the loss of life. The rioters created chaos and instability for our democracy. So many people believe Donald Trump. While he was running for president, he actually told us his secret that if you repeat a lie over and over and over again, people will believe it. That was one of the few truths that he told.

Joe Biden is a good man and he can help us to heal. But first, the Trump followers must be told the truth so that they can process the information and come back to reality.

The Republican leaders must come clean and tell the American people that Donald does not love them or think that they are very special. Donald only cares about Donald.

Donald has been lying to them the whole time. They must tell the Trump followers that Trump had the plan from way before the election to tell his followers over and over again that if he lost, the election must have been rigged. He knew that they would believe that. For the good of the democracy and our future generations, they must tell the Trump supporters the truth, that the election was fair and that the Republican attorneys general of several contested states investigated and found no widespread fraud. Trump lied.

This is one chance for the Republican Party to make amends and hope to be again respected someday. And each politician who speaks the truth will have something good to be remembered by when they are voted out of office.

And as disappointed as the Trump supporters will be to realize that they were duped, knowing the actual truth will help them to heal. And then perhaps our nation can heal, too, under the leadership of a new president who will be given a chance to succeed.

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Elaine Murphy is a resident of Princeville.

53 Comments
  1. Trent January 13, 2021 4:53 am Reply

    The truth must be told to you. Do you know the Democrats’ agenda for this country? If you do some research you may have not wrote this article. Americans need to unite and fight for our rights and freedom! We don’t need a president that will indeed take that away from us!


    1. riiiiiight January 13, 2021 10:34 pm Reply

      What exactly has been taken away from you? I thought liberals were supposed to be the snowflakes?
      I mean I know its so so hard to wear a cloth masks over your face and its pretty much worse than what nazis did to the jews etc etc, you must be such a patriot to endure such tyranny.


    2. Citizen Cane January 13, 2021 11:42 pm Reply

      Elaine, you must understand something: the vast majority of his supporters don’t want the truth, and don’t care about it. Only the densest among them actually believe all his lies. Making points with logic or even the Constitution is wasted breath. What they want are the things he STANDS for, that THEY want. Whether he shoots someone or incites executions or commits treason won’t matter—he’s only the avatar for the cause. No price is too high, whether it crosses the Founders’ intentions or gets you in bed with a tyrant or sells out your neighbor. What do they want? Ask them. Some will say the quiet bits out loud, but some may only admit it to their deepest selves. Better yet, look around. You’ll see the real answer on the shirts and hats of the Capitol rioters—yes, those ones—the ones about hatred, exclusion, nationality, religion, race. Trump has merely shown the way. He’s opened a door it’s taken decades of hard-won lessons to learn to keep closed. That was the easy part.


  2. KauaiFarmMan January 13, 2021 6:02 am Reply

    How was this article published? Joe Biden is a good man, yeah for the Chinese Communist party. You’ve been duped Elaine. Biden is a puppet, nothing more. As flawed as Trump is, he didn’t cause the storming of the capital. Agent provocateurs/ paid rioters lit the capital storming. You wouldn’t know that because mainstream media won’t report it. Documented BLM and Antifa activists have been spotted in videos as the ones who initiated the attack. The only lies being told repeatedly into truth are from the media and democrat politicians. Please believe Biden will not save us. He will sell us out to his Chinese puppet masters and the globalists. Your misplaced trust will destroy our freedom. Under Biden all our freedoms will be restricted. This is the end of democracy and capitalism. Welcome to totalitarian communist rule. Don’t believe me. Just wait for it to settle in.


    1. Lawaibob January 13, 2021 4:21 pm Reply

      Loser


      1. Bobbo January 13, 2021 9:23 pm Reply

        Amazing response Bobby. Facts to support support would go against your feelings so just call them loser or racists and that’s that. Huh.


      2. manawai January 14, 2021 9:14 am Reply

        Apparently describing yourself, Bob, as is normal for you.


    2. Pete Antonson January 16, 2021 2:48 am Reply

      If it looks like a duck,
      If it quacks like a duck,
      It’s ANTIFA…trying to make ducks look bad.

      This disguised ANTIFA storming the Capital is the wackiest premise I’ve seen in some time!
      It began in the Washington Times, a right wing tabloid started by Rev. Moon and his Moonies, to battle Communists. The Times ran a story, without evidence or citations, that facial tech had identified ANTIFA members among those storming the Capital. The Times has withdrawn the story and will not answer questions about it. The Atlantic reports that Trump supporters are having an existential crisis on Twitter. Some took the early bait, in the Times, and said “That wasn’t us.” That seemed like a good and functional lie to uphold. But, most of the right wing wants credit for this event and to call the people involved “Patriots,” rather than what I call them: “The Despicables!”


  3. samd1954 January 13, 2021 6:12 am Reply

    Unfortunately people are flawed and these flaws are exploited by other people for their own personal gains. Being susceptible to hate is one of people’s biggest flaws. Until enough people start thinking independently you will continue to have completely useless politicians and nothing will ever get done to help solve the problems in our country. Even the term “trump supporters” is problematic since the majority of people that voted for Trump did so because they thought he was the better choice of two terrible candidates. The rioters at the capitol or in cities across the country this year don’t don’t represent anyone but themselves. Please do not pretend that it is only the Republican party that needs to regain respect, the Democratic party is just as bad if not worse since it is still perceived as the party of the people but now is owned by the establishment. People need to demand more integrity from their representatives and Trump being out of office is a good start but it’s time to hold every politician accountable regardless of their political party.


  4. james January 13, 2021 7:00 am Reply

    Trump supporters know they are being lied to. They simply chose to believe the lies because that’s what they want to hear. Trump made it OK for them to finally be the selfish, racists, anti-democracy pieces of crap that they really are. They don’t want to hear the truth nor do they care about the truth. That’s the simple, but sad, fact.


    1. Khsgrad January 13, 2021 8:15 pm Reply

      When pointing a finger, 3 more point back at you- insults are so very unnecessary and a complete waste of space.


      1. james January 14, 2021 6:51 am Reply

        Not insults at all. Simply the sad truth. Do you believe Hitler’s SS troops didn’t know that Jews were being exterminated? History has shown us that there is a certain personality that will break rules and mores for their beliefs. Trump supporters have more in common with Jihadists than you would care to believe. Nothing more dangerous than a true believer who won’t consider any other conflicting points of view. We call them extremists, and that’s what many Trump followers are, whether you admit it or not. Sometimes, the truth hurts.


    2. Kauaidoug January 14, 2021 9:38 am Reply

      Trump telling lies over and over is an old totalitarian brainwashing trick. They were able to hold the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy and Spain in bondage using these tactics. Face it, we are all brainwashed just others more than most.
      The side I choose did not storm our Capitol, commit murder and mayhem or go hunting for politicians. Those are facts unless you want to deny what the world watched and this country witnessed.


    3. Barry Dittler January 14, 2021 5:14 pm Reply

      James, how typical of you leftist elites. So, anyone that supports freedom is a” anti -democracy piece of crap” . This is why the 2016 election went to Trump. Americans are sick and tired of you people looking down on anyone that dares to disagree ! When the true democrat agenda comes back to bite you in the butt, you deserve all that you get.


      1. Guy January 14, 2021 11:52 pm Reply

        Straw man is all you got now?

        And why are all ‘leftists’ elites? Would that not say they all did things well? You think these elites are all communists, too, probably…


      2. james January 15, 2021 7:11 am Reply

        It’s a funny way to support freedom and our democracy by attempting to overthrow the government and spread lies that a valid election was “stolen”. Sounds like pieces of crap wanting a totalitarian leader to seize power so they can continue to be pieces of crap without repercussions.


  5. Barb January 13, 2021 7:03 am Reply

    I’d like to see your proof that on lies and elections!


    1. Gully Bell January 13, 2021 10:42 pm Reply

      Well he was up to 20000 lies back in July so who knows where hes at now.
      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/13/donald-trump-20000-false-or-misleading-claims

      Also don’t you find it weird that for all the supposed evidence Trumps team has of voter fraud, they don’t ever present any when they go to court? Over 40 cases and guess how many they won? “oh it was all democratic judges!” except for the fact that a lot of the cases had republican judges including a few at the supreme court that has a conservative majority including judges Trump himself appointed.

      https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-campaign-lawsuits-election-results-2020-11

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/12/08/trump-and-the-gop-have-now-lost-50-post-election-lawsuits/?sh=2bddb3082960

      Not to mention the fact that Biden is about to be sworn in. After Biden is literally president are you still going to be holding your breath for Trump to magically be made president?


  6. YuCalJoe January 13, 2021 7:24 am Reply

    Funny that those who have consumed the liberal programming kool-aid for so long can’t see the evil within the Democratic party. And Republican’s are no angels either. Call out lies from all sources. Open both eyes and see reality in all areas. The problem is the lack of honesty in all areas of government. Biden is owned by China. He’s not a good person as you claim. Harris is even worse. Bush was owned by rich oil men. Obama owned by his hate for Christianity. Trump is no angel either. Get real!


  7. jkh January 13, 2021 7:24 am Reply

    Elaine: you and the Democrats are hypocrites. We will give the Biden Administration the same level of respect that you and the Democrats gave to Trump and the Republicans. You keep censoring us and turn a blind eye to the riots and violence of BLM and Antifa. Violence is wrong on all levels, but you spent the whole last year ignoring the left’s violence against us.

    People who voted for Trump are not Racist, they are Republicans.


    1. Twitter January 13, 2021 10:47 pm Reply

      Don’t you think it says something that Twitter starts banning accounts that spread conspiracy theories and try to stoke hatred and racism, and all of a sudden conservatives start complaining about being banned? Kind of like if you put dye packs in the banks cash when it gets robbed and then you notice your tweaker neighbors all have blue hands the next day. Is it that hard to connect the dots?


    2. james January 14, 2021 6:52 am Reply

      Is that the same level of respect you gave to Obama?


  8. steve grabowski January 13, 2021 8:08 am Reply

    Elaine, every word you wrote is wrong. Donald loves America, and it shows by his actions in office. He achieved every promise he told us we would do. His list of accomplishemts, including peace in the middle east, the Space Force, the economy, getting out of paris and iran deals, is so long I cannot list it here. It is you who need the Truth, Elaine, and here it is: You have a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Now that you know the truth, you can begin to heal!


    1. Lawaibob January 13, 2021 4:22 pm Reply

      Trumps a criminal and a loser. We fired him.


      1. manawai January 14, 2021 9:19 am Reply

        Such a “mature” retort. lol Typical


        1. girlie January 16, 2021 4:51 pm Reply

          Et tu?


    2. Grabby January 14, 2021 11:55 pm Reply

      So you can’t come up with one promise he didn’t keep, eh?


      1. Pete Antonson January 16, 2021 3:33 pm Reply

        Just a few broken promises: Term limits for Congress, change the name of Mount Denali back to Mount McKinley, expel all Syrian refugees, balance the federal budget ‘fairly quickly’ (LOL), ban on Muslims entering the U.S., he would not take vacations (LOL), lifetime ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections, create targeted child care tax credits, cut the number of tax brackets, eliminate the estate tax, end the alternative minimum tax, release his tax returns if an audit allows, sue all Twenty-six women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, including groping and rape, create private White House veterans hotline, Alternative Healthcare plan, individuals to deduct health care insurance premiums from taxes, expel China from the World Trade Organization, eliminate Common Core, triple ICE enforcement, remove all undocumented immigrants, end birthright citizenship, build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, grow the economy by 4% a year, federal investment of $20 billion toward School Choice, cancel all funding of sanctuary cities, rebuild the Marine Corps to 36 battalions, invest $550 billion in infrastructure and create an infrastructure fund, hiring freeze on federal employees, bring back manufacturing, ppoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, and quite a few more!


  9. nobody January 13, 2021 8:17 am Reply

    It would be nice if both political parties would tell the truth.

    Not going to happen.


  10. Rev Dr Malama January 13, 2021 8:32 am Reply

    Yes the TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
    Are you personally willing to exchange the lies that allow you to live in the grand illusion of white privilege in Hawai’i which is the biggest problem with society that has local people unable to stay in their homes and country?
    I believe that Rev King would be demonstrating peacefully on January 17th with those who believe that Hawai’i is unlawfully occupied and demanding that THE RULES OF LAW BE RESTORED…..
    MAHALO FOR LOOKING INSIDE YOUR HEARTS AND UNDERSTANDING…….
    we have a problem excepting uncomfortable TRUTH!!!!
    Go to the solution here @
    HAWAIIANKINGDOM.ORG


  11. jake January 13, 2021 11:57 am Reply

    It’s impossible to argue with Trump supporters. It’s impossible to discuss the truth with people who begin their argument with lies, fantasy, and a hidden agenda.


    1. frequent visitor January 13, 2021 5:49 pm Reply

      You sound like a typical liberal. You ignore facts about the election fraud, make up a story about Russia and the Ukraine, steal ideas from conservatives, lie about Trumps speeches, ignore BLM rioting and looting, and expect us to believe you. Stop the dteal.


      1. Citation needed January 14, 2021 11:56 pm Reply

        asserts facts not in evidence


    2. Barry Dittler January 14, 2021 5:18 pm Reply

      Jake, the problem is the ONLY truth you believe in is your own leftist, socialist nonsense. I have always been willing to have an open discussion with anyone, but trying to do so with a far left democrat like you is that it is like talking to a stone. You will only hear what you want to hear ! I know, I have tried and finally gave up out of frustration !


      1. Dittles January 16, 2021 4:52 pm Reply

        I’ll bite.

        “The election was not stolen and there was no fraud that helped Biden win.”


        1. Rev Dr Malama January 19, 2021 1:33 pm Reply

          Ditto. I 2nd that opinion based on multiple long honored news sources and my deductive reasoning skills and hard knocks phd.


  12. Everythingisawesome January 13, 2021 1:07 pm Reply

    “they believed every word and were willing to do (and actually did) unspeakable acts that resulted in the loss of life.”

    This is delusional.


    1. Khsgrad January 13, 2021 8:20 pm Reply

      Hmmmm, any different from the riots this summer? Or any time a White cop shoots a black man? Nope, but it angered the politics s because the product of their deceit showed up in their doorstep and they were TERRIFIED! All of those politicians make policies that affect the “worker bees, the little people” the 99%ers, and this time those policies hit close to home- ouch!


  13. RG DeSoto January 13, 2021 3:16 pm Reply

    “The truth must be told to Trump supporters”
    Really Elaine? And just who gets to be the arbiter of “the truth” here? Is what you really mean that they-Trump supporters-need to be sent to Mao or Stalin-like reeducation camps? Gulags for all them deplorable types is it?
    Funny, how a singular hatred drives otherwise decent people, like you, to embrace the authoritarianism that is anathema to America–the only country in history that is founded on principles of life, liberty and property (aka: pursuit of happiness).
    Sad.
    RG DeSoto


    1. Pete Antonson January 16, 2021 3:56 pm Reply

      “The Truth” referred to in this letter is in regards to one entity…the election. The letter is not about the differing political party beliefs you try to generalize it to. The election has been examined by an assortment of partisan, non partisan, political, non political, media, journalism, fact checkers, and most important, the 50 different systems designed to do so in 50 different States (very different politically). No widespread fraud was detected by anyone, anywhere, even by those OBLIGED to produce it! To continue to believe (as of 1-15-2021) that this election was “stolen,” is not only denial of truth, it is completely absurd!


    2. So... January 16, 2021 4:53 pm Reply

      What did Elaine say that you suggest is not true? Let’s start there.


    3. Arbiter? January 19, 2021 9:19 am Reply

      RG, thats the “pursuit” of happiness. No guarantee of “happiness”, but your free to pursuit it if you choose, as long as you do not infringe on someone elses pursuit! Like Will Rogers( or John Stewart Mill, or Oliver Wendell Holmes) said many years ago: ” your right to swing your fist stops short of my nose!”. I certainly do not want nor wish Trump to be the artiber of ANYTHING in this country! He could have prevented the invasion of DC, but instead, he chose to incite it! Need proof? look at many of his “quotes over the past 30-45 days! of course, those that are requesting the “proof”, would never believe it when presented with it. Maybe, if there is another invasion, it should be met with live ammunition, in order to protect DC. How idiotic for law breakers to take pictures and videos of their illegal acts, post on social media, as proof! “Equal justice under the law”. If Trump trainers don’t agree with legal and fair elections, they can choose to LEAVE. How many suits has Trump had dismissed so far?


  14. Jeff S. January 13, 2021 6:28 pm Reply

    Ms. Murphy

    Obviously you’ve never read any news other than stories/posts on MSN and CNN. I read them all, and try to make the best judgement on truth that I can. Let’s be honest, they all have a murky truth to them. I am a police officer in a major city in Colorado. For the past 6 months, I’ve endured multiple “peaceful protests” not riots, according to our news channels, from antifa and blm. I’ve had cut up pieces of rebar and golf balls hurled at me from these “protesters” by use of lacrosse sticks. I’ve had large river rocks thrown at me and my fellow officers. Businesses and citizens personal property were vandalized. Where do/did these similar RIOTS occur? Predominately Democratic run cities! Don’t lecture me or anyone else about the incident at the state capitol. I’ve lived through more than my fair share of your Democratic backed “peaceful protests”.


    1. Pete Antonson January 16, 2021 4:47 pm Reply

      On Jan 15, 2020, in Portland, Oregon, one protester used a LaCrosse stick to return tear gas canisters and others used leaf blowers to repel gas. That was the last time anyone got close to a protest carrying either item.
      Yet this comment and it’s fraudulent anecdote has to toss in that interesting part…couldn’t resist!
      It reminds me of the “Hippies spit at me” stories from those returning from Vietnam…., even though their planes actually landed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. with all it’s wartime security and not a civilian airport where such a thing might; but never did, happen according to the numerous studies that looked into this 50 year old myth.
      I guess another has begun.


    2. Arbiter January 19, 2021 1:16 pm Reply

      Obviously Jeff, you would do well to find another line of work!. As for the rest of us, we have endured the past 3+ years of America’s worst president, so you can thank him for whatever you have witnessed for the past six months, and the rest of the “folklore” being dredged up by his minions, and represented as “truth”. So, if you want to go to DC, and protest, use a little common sense, and DO NOT photograph or video any of your actions which are illegal….or if you do, just get the State AG address, so you can send them directly to their office! If you feel you’ve had more than your fair share, feel free to move to another state, and find another job! Bye Bye!


  15. WestKauai January 13, 2021 10:29 pm Reply

    Elaine,

    As you stated: “And then perhaps our nation can heal, too, under the leadership of a new president who will be given a chance to succeed.”

    For the past four years, the Democrats have made a concerted effort to keep our President from realizing his efforts to succeed. Despite the Democrats’ efforts, he still managed to accomplish many of his announced goals.

    I am concerned that the new president will succeed in turning our nation into a socialist state as he is influenced by his extreme left partisans. Should he be removed from the presidency by the 25th amendment, who knows what the far left vice president will do…


  16. MT January 14, 2021 7:26 am Reply

    Ms. Murphy, How can you discount 75 million supporters. You need to go beyond CNN & MSN to seek truth. The MSM and the Democrats hailed the riots of this past summer as the rights of the oppressed. What lies they told. It’s all about how to get power and hold it. Try watching Newsmax, once in a while with an open mind, just to get a different perspective. There are other alternative sites on the internet that also give a conservative opinion. If you only watch and hear liberal commentary you will never understand the other side. After all we all are Americans and have to share the same country. My fear is that the left is being influenced by foreign governments that have been into the politics of America for decades. This is unacceptable and must be stopped. Our constitution must be preserved. Just my opinion.


    1. Tim January 16, 2021 4:56 pm Reply

      It was actually 81.2M to 74.2M. How can you discount the majority?


  17. LTEreader January 14, 2021 11:02 am Reply

    RE: steve grabowski
    “He achieved every promise he told us we would do.”

    You conveniently forgot about his 2 biggest campaign pitches that we heard repeatedly –
    *Mexico will pay for a wall.
    The small amount that’s been done has been at U.S. taxpayers expense.
    *He has the best ever medical insurance plan. Better than anything we’ve seen, affordable for everyone, but wouldn’t reveal any of it until/if elected.
    And, how’s that working out for ya’ Steve?

    As for the economy? It was already doing great when Trump was elected. Trump walked into a convenient situation, and was able to cruise on the accomplishments of the prior administration. We were knee deep in mud when G.W. Bush (R) left the WH. Obama and Biden did an outstanding job getting this Country back on track. Now, with this pandemic, Biden is exactly what we need to pull us out of the mud again.

    RE: Trent
    “Americans need to unite and fight for our rights and freedom! We don’t need a president that will indeed take that away from us!”
    Please enlighten us. WHEN have you NOT had your rights and freedom in this Country? If you were living in N. Korea I’d certainly agree with you, but in the U.S.? Get real. LMAO.

    All of you whiny Trump supporters need to sit down, and un-puff your chests. The election is over and Biden won. The results have been reviewed, over and over, with absolutely no proof of cheating. It’s time now to peacefully move on and accept reality.


  18. I saw a Vampire once January 17, 2021 1:38 am Reply

    I think Governor Ige should fly to Washington D.C. and support Joe Biden at his inauguration. Represent all of Hawai’i there in Washington D.C. Joe Biden will make a good president. He will try to keep America moving straight and for the important things America stands for. Freedom. As much as I like the idea of America getting involved with foreign relations in South Korea, Hong Kong, European countries, and with the UN and their fight in the middle east, Joe Biden will be a good spokesperson for U.S. Let’s all cheer for Governor David Ige if he heads over to Washington D.C. for Joe Biden’s inauguration.


  19. USAF Brat January 17, 2021 6:56 am Reply

    Reverend Dr Malama is correct, Hawaiiankingdom.org! Pololei! Dr. King was also correct! Pololei! 128-years before to 1959 All military Hickham AFB concon, Top Secret “noose placed around Hawaii neck” was and still remains the present “martial Law” activity that hides truth and integrity from ALL we the people. One need not even debate the issues, as several generations have been pushing up daisies long before any of you were born and their back stories has produced an entire civilization of Narcissicystic purulent panty waste products towards the ultimate goals of the Epsteininians, DUMBS, pure satanics of a “wild world”! The upgrades and ongoing traffic seen moving em to GITMO + Tribunal = Rabbit Holes complete with free last supper, individual or group puka available upon request. Sort of like thatt “free tour canefield ride”. 99% of the hierarchy militaro-judicio-politico-Hawaii mobsters have an untreatable personality disorder related to Narcissists confusions, then violence, when they are called out in this Game Over manifestation! This is only the beginning and so far you all have duped yourselves by YOUR NOT having been paying attention!


  20. LMat January 18, 2021 8:51 am Reply

    Just here for the comments.
    Wow, I’ma go grab some popcorn….


    1. Rev Dr Malama January 19, 2021 1:37 pm Reply

      What a wonderful world we are creating…. I hope!


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