How Trump thinks he looks bet­ter

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Dur­ing my 32-year Navy ca­reer, I in­fre­quently ran into the in­di­vid­ual who sub­scribed to the be­lief “If you look bad, I look bet­ter.” This was the per­son who touted all they ac­com­plished, al­ways us­ing the pro­noun “I” rather than “we” or “they” when de­scrib­ing ac­com­plish­ments. This was the per­son who, if things went wrong, blamed his sub­or­di­nates rather than as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity. Se­niors and ju­niors in his chain of com­mand soon rec­og­nized him and came to loathe and dis­trust the in­di­vid­ual. He was fre­quently iso­lated and oth­ers were re­luc­tant to share in­for­ma­tion be­cause of the fear it would be used against them.

I, like most oth­ers, ac­cepted the re­sults of the elec­tion and knew Don­ald Trump was the pres­i­dent. I wished him well be­cause if he suc­ceeded, the coun­try suc­ceeded. I am very dis­ap­pointed be­cause he has be­come or al­ways was the type of per­son de­scribed above.

The most telling in­di­ca­tion was his bla­tant lie con­cern­ing pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents and their phone calls to griev­ing fam­i­lies. Us­ing one of the most sen­si­tive is­sues in Amer­ica to try to raise him­self above pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents is de­spi­ca­ble. Politi­ciz­ing in a pub­lic fo­rum one of the most tragic events in the coun­try and for a fam­ily is ab­hor­rent. It’s a per­fect ex­am­ple of “If you look bad, I look bet­ter.”

Stephen Jones,

St. Leonard

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