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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:10

Trump shows no sign of cleaning up his act

Written by  Staff Writer
To the editor,
Once again President Donald Trump has chosen to insult and denigrate those who do not bend to his will. He decided to use Twitter to call Congressman Adam Schiff “little Adam Schitt.” The congressman had questioned Trump’s replacement of the attorney general without Senate confirmation.

Why was it necessary to change the congressman’s name to an offensive-sounding word?

Trump was not done disparaging military heroes as he had done with John McCain. Admiral William McRaven had led the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Trump, in an interview, downplayed the accomplishment, claiming McRaven was a Bill Clinton and Barack Obama fan and therefore no hero.

Trump has hurled insults and playground taunts at those who disagree with him. The president relishes in describing his perceived opponents as of low intelligence. He has painted congresswoman Maxine Waters numerous times as a “seriously low IQ” person.

“Dumb” is another word that other presidents have rarely used but it is one of Trump’s favorites. He has described TV host Bill Maher as “the dumbest man on television” and repeatedly chided CNN’s Don Lemon as dumb. Why do Trump’s attacks on women and blacks usually paint them as lacking intelligence?

Trump’s language has consequences both within our borders and around the globe. Common decency and human respect always have been the norm of American presidents. Perhaps that is why McRaven attacked Trump’s disparaging words: “Trump has embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

Jerry Hanson
Elkhorn

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