It is interesting to read about the hand-wringing of establishment Republicans over the rise of Donald Trump and, to a lesser extent, Sen. Ted Cruz.

Then they turn around and adamantly refuse to even talk to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

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It is this intransigence by establishment Republicans that has lead to the rise of Donald Trump. This is clearly a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. If it weren't so damaging to our country it would be quite amusing.

Howard S. Bernstein, Pikesville

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