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Good and bad reasons to reject Trumpism

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Former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach (center) talks Feb. 1, 2020, with Republican presidential hopeful Bill Weld before a campaign event at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. (David Harmantas/Freelance for The Gazette)

A few Republicans are threatening to jilt the GOP if the party doesn’t reject the influence of former President Donald Trump.

A group of 150 current and former Republican leaders recently signed “A Call for American Renewal,” which lays out a conservative platform contrary to Trump’s. The statement calls on Republicans to “either re-imagine a party dedicated to our founding ideals or else hasten the creation of such an alternative.” That is, direct the Republican Party away from Trumpism, or start a new party.

There are a few Iowa connections among the signatories.

Former U.S. Rep….

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