Both par­ties need to stop us­ing foul lan­guage

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES -

Re­cently when my wife and I were vis­it­ing our daugh­ter in North Carolina, we got to chat­ting with a Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sup­porter in the gro­cery check­out line. She was quick to point out the coarse lan­guage that “the squad” and oth­ers use when re­fer­ring to Pres­i­dent Trump. It was a bit jar­ring to us that she didn’t ap­pear to no­tice the nasty lan­guage used daily by our in­sul­ter-in-chief (“The piti­ful day a U.S. pres­i­dent used a po­lit­i­cal rally to mock Bal­ti­more’s homi­cide rate,” Aug. 2).

Now, it is quite ap­par­ent that both sides have been act­ing and speak­ing in un­be­com­ing ways of late. Per­pe­tra­tors on the left in­clude the fresh­men women leg­is­la­tors known as “the squad,” as well as soc­cer star Me­gan Rapi­noe and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Beto O’Rourke. They all have used in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage in re­fer­ring to the pres­i­dent. But I would de­clare them am­a­teurs in this arena com­pared to Don­ald Trump him­self.

So, we all need to calm down a bit and use our lan­guage in more pro­duc­tive ways. This tit-for-tat on the in­sult­ing lan­guage is not good for the state of the union. We would never have got­ten to this place we are in if it hadn’t been for the tone set by our pres­i­dent. He is reap­ing what he has sown.

Tim Smith, Tow­son

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