Lenard W. Wahlert Letter to Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan Putting GOP on Notice-Correct Attribution!

Summary of eRumor:

A letter written by a man named Lenard W. Wahlert to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) about a lack of GOP congressional leadership has been circulating in forwarded emails and social media posts.

The Truth:

A letter taking Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to task for failing to support President Trump and for failing to advance the GOP’s legislative agenda has been correctly attributed to a California man named Lenard W. Wahlert.

Lenard Wahlert does not appear to have public social media accounts, but Wahlert posted the letter to McConnel and Ryan on a discussion board called GaltsGulchOnline.com under the headline, “The Globetrotters & The Washington Generals,” on August 31, 2017. Wahlert describes himself as a Vietnam War veteran and former 3M executive  who is on the verge of leaving the GOP due to a failure of leadership from congressional Republicans:

Yes, President Trump is not the typical political bureaucrat; but he is the President of the United States. It appears from where I sit you both have decided to lay down on the job you’ve been elected to serve. The 60 Million + people that voted this President into office made this decision based upon the absolute requirement to have someone outside the beltway to lead the nation.

As distasteful as this appears to be for not only the Democrats; it appears to be equally distasteful to the GOP leadership. Your lack of action on numerous legislative issues that this country desperately needs is visible to all. The electoral map of the U. S. is RED because President Trump mobilized the electorate. These same voters are going to clean house again in 2018 if you don’t start acting like leaders.

Lenard Wahlert goes on to compare Republicans to the Washington Generals and Democrats to the Harlem Globetrotters, questioning why Republicans can’t advance legislation despite holding control of the House, Senate and White House:

Why is zero legislation moving forward? We have the Presidency, we have the House, we have the Senate ! What’s wrong with this picture. We are wasting valuable time here Senator McConnell & Representative Ryan. The voters are not going to waste time in 2018. This is the last chance for the GOP before it morphs into something none of us recognize.

Wahlert warns that Trump turned the country red and that those voters would abandoned the GOP (or at least establishment GOP candidates) in the 2018 mid-term elections if congressional leadership doesn’t step up.

Wahlert has posted open letters to members of Congress in the past. In July 2016, Wahlert vented his frustrations over former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server in a letter to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (X-CA). Wahlert also posted a copy of Rohrabacher’s response to his letter. Those letters didn’t generate the same level of interest as Wahlert’s letter to McConnell and Ryan.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 09/28/2017

Senator Mitch McConnell,
U.S. Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Paul Ryan,
Speaker of the House,
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington, D..C. 20515

Gentlemen: I’m a 68-year-old Vietnam Vet and retired 3M Executive. I
am on the verge of leaving the Grand Old Party. No big deal for you –
huge deal for me. I have come nearly to the end of my loyalty to a
party that seems to have lost its backbone.

The lack of leadership displayed by the two of you — for
whatever reason you’ve decided to not support or defend the duly
elected President of the United States — is beyond me.

Yes, President Trump is not the typical political
bureaucrat, but he is the President of the United States. It appears
from where I sit that you both have decided to lay down on the job
you’ve been elected to serve. The 60 Million + people that voted this
President into office made this decision based upon the absolute
requirement to have someone outside the beltway to lead the nation. As
distasteful as this appears to be for not only the Democrats, it
appears to be equally distasteful to the GOP leadership. Your lack of
action on numerous legislative issues that this country desperately
needs is visible to all.

The electoral map of the U.S. is RED because President Trump
mobilized the electorate. These same voters are going to clean house
again in 2018 if you don’t start acting like leaders. Former Arizona
state lawmaker Kelli Ward is out in front against Senator Jeff Flake
by 25 percentage points today. Can you say: “We are tired of GOP
leaders in Washington D. C.?” This is only going to increase across
the U. S. for all GOP mid-term candidates if they continue to
demonstrate no backbone and will not support our President.

My best description of where this country is headed was
voiced by David Horowitz. “Friends, this isn’t George Orwell’s “1984.”
It is America, 2017.” |
When I look at the current GOP, I’m struck by a comparison
that I recently heard. This is a basketball example that really does
reflect what the GOP appears to be today. The metaphor is the Harlem
Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. The Democrats are the
Globetrotters and the GOP are proud to be the Washington Generals.
The Generals know going into the game that they are going to lose, but
it’s a nice gig and they get to be on the court with the big boys.
The GOP and The Washington Generals don’t mind losing – they just want
to be in the game! Sound familiar?

That is exactly how it appears to the loyal GOP voters out
here in America right now. Why is zero legislation moving forward? We
have the Presidency, we have the House, we have the Senate! What’s
wrong with this picture? We are wasting valuable time here, Senator
McConnell and Representative Ryan. The voters are not going to waste
time in 2018. This is the last chance for the GOP before it morphs
into something none of us recognizes. And, by the way, when are you
going to support the laws on the books? Sanctuary Cities, Antifa,
tearing down statues, covering statues: the progressives are running
wild and the GOP is laying down.

Remember freedom of speech? UC Berkeley? The
progressives are worried about what shoes the first lady is wearing
and the media is supporting it. What a wonderful world we are living
in. Well, there you have it.

President Trump and Vice President Pence are being copied on
this plea for help. Hitch up your pants and stiffen your backbones.
It’s about time! I know what’s coming because I live in a state that
has already gone off the cliff – CALIFORNIA. The Progressive has already won here!! I mean the Globetrotters. The Golden State has
become the refuge of refuse….millions of ’em.

I have an extensive cc list of over 1,500 people. I’m asking
them to send this note to 10 of their Conservative Friends. We the
people will not sit still while this country is being abused and our
values are not being represented. The Left will not take this country
away from us.

Respectfully,

Lenard W. Wahlert
8 Rubis Way
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4227

cc: President Donald Trump
Vice-President Mike Pence