Editor: Simon & Schuster published Bob Woodward’s book “Rage,” a week following the release of taped conversations between the author and the book’s subject, President Trump.
In March, a month after calling COVID-19 “more deadly than even your strenuous flus,” Trump told Woodward: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
In July, Trump’s campaign aired a television ad called “Abolished.” Against a backdrop of crime and mayhem, the text reads, “Joe Biden’s supporters are fighting to defund police departments. Violent crime has exploded. You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.” A 911 caller is told, “Due to defunding, no one is here to take your call . . . Leave your name and number and someone will get back to you. Our estimated wait time is five days.”
Joe Biden does not support defunding the police. He supports reform — primarily the introduction and funding of educational programs and mental health and drug treatment projects — to help police focus on policing.
Untrue to his word as usual, Trump wants to create panic. He has created panic from his “American carnage” inaugural speech onward, demonizing Muslims, Central Americans and other groups.
Before, and especially since, Biden’s nomination, Trump realized it’s his only path to reelection. So he spreads panic about many things: the Second Amendment; socialism; Black Lives Matter; mail-in voting; the desecration of “suburban housewives” by left-wing mobs; the economy should Biden win, and Biden’s mental state.
Don’t let him fool you about not wanting panic. If he fools you again, shame on you.
TOM CHERWIN SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK