Thin-skinned Trump only one who is at­tack­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

As Pres­i­dent Trump keeps hit­ting back — more of­ten than not be­low the waist — against the per­ceived at­tacks from the news me­dia, I find it worth step­ping back and not­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing crit­i­cized and be­ing at­tacked.

The dic­tio­nary de­fines “crit­i­cize” as “to cen­sure or find fault with” or “to judge or dis­cuss the mer­its and faults of.”

Look up “at­tack” and you find “to blame or abuse vi­o­lently or bit­terly” as well as “to try to de­stroy, es­pe­cially with ver­bal abuse.”

It seems clear to me only one of the in­volved par­ties is ac­tu­ally at­tack­ing: It’s the thin-skinned pres­i­dent of the United States, who for all his blus­ter, is sim­ply a man of lit­tle sub­stance, a su­per­fi­cial namby-pamby and a pic­ture-per­fect bully.

Ev­ery school in our area has signs to show that bul­ly­ing will not be tol­er­ated. Why do we as a na­tion, along with our elected of­fi­cials, find it ac­cept­able in the Oval Of­fice?

PETER ELZER

Fayet­teville

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