For years, the Republican Party has counted and welcomed into its ranks a wide assortment of homophobic, xenophobic, racist, Second Amendment-obsessive, climate change-denying, far-right-wing whackos.

And now that they have taken control of the party, they are about to nominate a homophobic, xenophobic, racist, Second Amendment-obsessive, climate change-denying, far-right-wing whacko as their candidate for the presidency of the United States.

The question is, why is anyone surprised?

Will Ellzey

retired physician

Metairie