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Elise Stefanik has said she does not agree with Donald Trump on weakening NATO, nor is she partial to Putin in the way Trump appears to be. She has said she disagrees with Trump's criticism of the Khan family, Muslims whose son died a war hero and who stood up for the Constitution in criticizing Trump's attacks on Muslims. I assume she does not agree with Trump's dismissive statements about sexual harassment in the workplace. I would like to hear her say, since she supports Donald Trump for president, which of his policies she likes. 

It is difficult, since Trump doesn't seem to have many, if any, policies. What he has is outrage, backed by outrageous statements. Some of these Stefanik and other reasonable people have objected to. But the question remains: How can you back for president someone whose public positions you dislike? 

You cannot dissociate yourself from the positions of the politician you intend to elect. Stefanik owns Trump, for as long as she repeats that she supports him. Stefanik's congressional colleague from the Northeast, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, said this week she considers Trump unfit for the presidency and will not vote for him. Other Republican senators have said the same thing, and so have 50 national security leaders who served in Republican administrations and recently released a letter to the public, urging a vote against Trump. Collins is herself the head of the Senate committee that oversees homeland security. She said Trump is dangerous. 

So, Rep. Stefanik, is Susan Collins wrong? What is it about Trump that makes him worth supporting? Why do you think residents of your district should vote for him? 

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Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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