Don­ald Trump is mak­ing Amer­ica great again and that’s why peo­ple like him

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Many peo­ple like Don­ald Trump be­cause he says what he be­lieves and does not use the lan­guage of the metropoli­tan lib­eral elite. He was elected by the Amer­i­can peo­ple on a man­i­festo which he is car­ry­ing out ef­fec­tively. Dur­ing his cam­paign against Hil­lary Clin­ton he said he would cut taxes, in­crease mil­i­tary spend­ing, get tough on im­mi­gra­tion, take ac­tion against Isis, act against Chi­nese dump­ing, tear up the Iran nu­clear deal, and ar­gued against Nato freeload­ing on Amer­i­can de­fenc- es. Since his elec­tion he has done all of th­ese things and more. He has ini­ti­ated peace talks with North Korea and hope­fully will re­set re­la­tions with Rus­sia. Would it be any won­der if he were re-elected on 3 Novem­ber 2020? WILLIAM LONESKIE

Jus­tice Park Ox­ton, Lauder

How you treat and re­gard women and chil­dren is the bench­mark of a civilised so­ci­ety. Trump sep­a­rates moth­ers and chil­dren and puts chil­dren in cages in the name of bor­der con­trol.

Why would we in­vite such a man to our coun­try? Have we be­come such, un­der Theresa May, that trade and jobs pre­clude hu­man­ity, ci­vil­ity, de­cency and honourable val­ues? FLORA KOMORI

East Trin­ity Road, Ed­in­burgh

SNP deputy leader Keith Brown tells us Don­ald Trump isn’t wel­come in Scot­land.

He may or may not be cor­rect – but does it mat­ter what the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion thinks about Trump? Nicola Stur­geon heads a de­volved do­mes­tic as­sem­bly of a non-sov­er­eign na­tion. He’s the leader of the world’s largest econ­omy. De­spite Stur­geon’s re­lent­less self-ag­gran­dis­e­ment, she has no in­ter­na­tional trade re­spon­si­bil­ity nor for­eign af­fairs remit. Why would Trump bother to meet her? But could Stur­geon and her lieu­tenants lux­u­ri­ate in jeer­ing from the side­lines, if Scot­land was an in­de­pen­dent na­tion? I sus­pect she’d be work­ing as hard as Theresa May is with Trump to grow our econ­omy and sup­port job cre­ation. MARTIN RED­FERN

Wood­croft Road, Ed­in­burgh

In be­moan­ing the im­mi­nent visit to Scot­land of Pres­i­dent Trump, Ian Black­ford MP (your re­port, 12 July) is clearly very alert to in­tem­per­ate re­marks made by vis­it­ing for­eign lead­ers. How odd, then, that he should ap­par­ently over­look the highly in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage used by an­other pres­i­dent re­cently wel­comed with open arms to Bute House by our First Min­is­ter. Pres­i­dent Quim Torra of Cat­alo­nia wrote in 2012 that those who speak Span­ish in­stead of Cata­lan are “scav­engers, vipers, hye­nas” and “beasts with hu­man shape”. More­over: “They are here, among us. They dis­like any ex­pres­sion of Cata­lan­hood. It’s a sickening pho­bia. There is some­thing Freudian in th­ese beasts.”

Out­rage can be strangely selec­tive. ALIS­TAIR DON­ALD

Cler­mis­ton Road, Ed­in­burgh

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