Trump is not pres­i­den­tial ma­te­rial

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I am truly sorry that I even have to write this. But the cur­rent ap­palling state of the Repub­li­can Party’s nom­i­nat­ing race com­pels me to speak out. Re­cent let­ters to the edi­tor have strongly urged sup­port for Don­ald Trump. It is frankly be­yond be­lief that any­one could pos­si­bly think a bom­bas­tic buf­foon with no ground­ing in prin­ci­ple could pos­si­bly be pres­i­den­tial ma­te­rial.

Trump re­duces women to mere ob­jects and be­lit­tles their bod­ily func­tions. He spouts racist views of His­pan­ics and Mus­lims. He mocks and par­o­dies the dis­abled. He con­dones and en­cour­ages vi­o­lence against those who dis­agree with his views. He has put fear into our for­eign al­lies that our over­seas com­mit­ments will not be worth the pa­per they are printed on if he is elected. His tax plans miss adding up by bil­lions of dol­lars. Yet ap­par­ently a sub­stan­tial num­ber of Repub­li­cans want to join him in his nasty, big­oted fan­tasy world.

Al­though P.T. Bar­num did not say it, the phrase “there is a sucker born ev­ery minute” is at­trib­uted to him. This would be a more ap­pro­pri­ate cam­paign slo­gan for Trump, since ap­par­ently many Repub­li­can vot­ers are be­ing se­duced by his views even though his ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the “com­mon man” was to build a casino to sep­a­rate them from their money.

His high school was an ex­clu­sive mil­i­tary academy. He pro­tects his bil­lions by declar­ing bank­ruptcy, which will of­fer pro­tec­tion from cred­i­tors. He started part of his busi­ness with a “teensy” $1 mil­lion loan from his fa­ther (and in­ci­den­tally in­her­ited much of his fa­ther’s real es­tate em­pire). He has a man­sion es­tate in Florida. So much for his roots in the mid­dle class.

James Madison said “Knowl­edge will for­ever gov­ern ig­no­rance.” Hope­fully Madison was right and Trump’s cam­paign will be rel­e­gated to the dust­bin of his­tory af­ter the upcoming elec­tion. But if peo­ple don’t come to their senses and he some­how wins the nom­i­na­tion and the elec­tion, this coun­try may be on its way to be­com­ing a sad re­flec­tion of the very worst in our so­ci­ety.

Low­ell Martin, Ch­e­sa­peake Beach

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