Elections have consequences. Just look at the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump, who alienated allies, rolled back environmental protections (often with a sneer), called COVID-19 a hoax and packed the U.S. Supreme Court with religious conservatives.

It will take decades for the United States to recover from the damage he inflicted. Worse still, our ex-president inspired a wave of Mini-Me politicians — thoughtless oafs willing to upend people’s lives on a whim.

In Idaho, that wave of Sorcerer’s Apprentices could sweep ashore next week in the Republican primary elections. These elections are critical because, given the GOP’s dominance, candidates for statewide office who survive the primaries are virtually assured of victory in November.

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