Try­ing to re­spect pres­i­dent

West Hawaii Today - - Opinion -

Like many peo­ple, I am hav­ing trouble re­spect­ing Pres­i­dent Trump. I am grate­ful that so far he has not started a nu­clear war, but oth­er­wise I find noth­ing to re­spect. Sorry.

First, he at­tacked Pres­i­dent Obama with the in­cred­u­lous birther move­ment, also dis­re­spect­ing Hawaii when we showed the proper birth cer­tifi­cate as well as news­pa­per no­tices of Pres­i­dent Obama’s birth. Barack Obama is a brilliant and com­pas­sion­ate hu­man be­ing who rose to great­ness with­out the prover­bial silver spoon, while Don­ald Trump is so spoiled and so self­ish that he is barely dis­tin­guish­able from Kim Jong Un.

Sec­ond, our cur­rent pres­i­dent re­spects only ruth­less dic­ta­tors (like Putin and Duterte) and white su­prem­a­cists (such as neo-Nazis and the KKK), while he dis­re­spects all his com­peti­tors by con­stantly re­fer­ring to them with cruel nick­names like “Lit­tle Marco” and “Ly­ing Ted” and “Crooked Hil­lary.”

Third, he sur­rounds him­self with peo­ple ded­i­cated to de­stroy­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and the pub­lic trust.

But be­cause he is our pres­i­dent, I am try­ing to re­spect him. Maybe the head­line “Wish you weren’t here” was a lit­tle much, but the signs that pro­claimed “Wel­come to Kenya” were just per­fect. Char­lie Webb Kona

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