Trump a mod­ern Ein­stein?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ARTHUR HORN East Wind­sor, New Jersey

Al­bert Ein­stein is gen­er­ally re­garded as one of the most bril­liant men of the 20th cen­tury. His ef­forts to con­vince Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt to re­search and de­velop the atomic bomb al­most cer­tainly saved the lives of a mil­lion Amer­i­can ser­vice­men and -women who would have per­ished in the planned in­va­sion of Ja­pan.

In ad­di­tion, Ein­stein’s re­search and im­prove­ment of Amer­i­can tor­pedo tech­nol­ogy greatly im­proved the ef­fec­tive­ness of our sub­ma­rine-war­fare ef­forts. His ge­nius en­abled him to con­cep­tu­al­ize the be­gin­ning of atomic en­ergy and nu­clear re­search and tech­nol­ogy. In short, the recog­ni­tion of Ein­stein’s in­tel­li­gence is well-de­served.

On the other hand, see­ing him in per­son or in pic­tures of him, it is hard to see these great char­ac­ter­is­tics. His hair was of­ten a mess. His cloth­ing was odd-ball, to say the least, and his man­ner­isms were equally un­usual. And yet he was a ge­nius who greatly ben­e­fited Amer­ica and the world. In a way, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­minds me of Ein­stein.

Mr. Trump is im­prov­ing our nation’s mil­i­tary, as well as our for­eign, economic and do­mes­tic af­fairs. Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary is now stronger and many na­tions now trust us be­cause he has kept his word, most clearly in Syria. The Is­lamic State’s strength and its ter­ror­ism has been greatly re­duced. More than 50 Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity na­tions have vowed to fight ter­ror­ism and many have taken steps in that di­rec­tion. There­fore, in view of his many sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ments, I am will­ing to tol­er­ate Mr. Trump’s child­ish tweets. My hope and prayer is that the pres­i­dent’s ad­vis­ers will be able to con­vince him to tweet only his many ac­com­plish­ments, noth­ing more.

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