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In my lifetime I have never seen hate for those who support a president the likes of which I see toward the supporters of President Donald Trump. Maxine Waters is calling on people to publicly harass Trump staffers. Hillary Clinton called us a basket of deplorables, accusing women of supporting Trump only because their husbands told them to. A restaurant owner and staff refused service to a woman because she works in the Trump administration.

Is this what the Democratic Party has become? A party of haters?

I must say, however, that these tactics of the far left are not surprising to me. We have their playbook: Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. The left has been playing by his rules for decades.

I assure you that we will not fear or retreat, because we have had enough. The Republican Party is emboldened.

Republicans have continually supported and campaigned for dignified, collegial, polite, and yes, polished statesmen. Unfortunately, our Democratic opposition has not offered the same dignified approach. Our candidates from George Bush to Mitt Romney and many others since have not been treated with respect or dignity by the Democratic political machine or their comrades in the media. Trump isn’t always polite, but he has no choice but to push back hard.

So we have Donald Trump, a true fighter. He has taken off the gloves and applied the very same fighting style against our opponents. He does not put up with lies. He calls people out. We are fighting back in this war of words with the truth, delivering it with the same hard-hitting rhetoric that our opposition has been using for decades.

Is this the party you Democrats want to become? The party of personal attacks and perpetual lies? The party that has delivered 50-plus years of promises to help the little guy, while continually making it worse?

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Desiree Zapata Miller is president of the Mecklenburg, N.C., Evening Republican Women’s Club.

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