To the Editors:
I’m told it’s useless trying to logically argue with any Donald Trump supporter. I respectfully disagree and believe that constructive dialogue is possible with many good people who happen to be Trump supporters.
True, it doesn’t always seem that way. A frequent pro-Trump theme has been to dismiss Trump critics as “liberals.” As a political centrist, I decry wholesale dismissal of either liberals or conservatives.
Perhaps all liberals are Trump critics, but not all Trump critics are liberal. Recall how the conservative National Review ran the special issue, “Against Trump.” The “Never Trump” movement was Republican.
Many conservatives of conscience see Trump for the ignorant, juvenile narcissist that he is, including George Will, Steve Schmidt and Joe Scarborough. Opposition to Trump is not liberal. It is patriotic. It is American.
We all have to face the facts, regardless of political persuasion. Democrats have to admit that Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate.
I can respect folks who may have voted for Trump as the lesser of two evils, and even now might admit that Trump has many deficiencies as a person and as a public official, but still support him for this or that reason, maybe judicial appointments.
But I see his many defects as far outweighing any few “good” accomplishments. Surely most people can see how unhinged he comes across in his tweets and rally speeches.
One of my previous letters cataloged a number of Trump’s inherent personal defects, e.g., his inexperience, low attention span, his propensity to lie and on it goes.
An online commenter termed my letter an “ad hominem” attack. Doesn’t character count anymore?
Trump’s childish insults of opponents and news media, his prioritizing of showboating over serious policy and his serial dishonesty disqualify him from being taken seriously. Remember that he has admitted that he makes things up!
I know that Trump has hoodwinked and gaslighted his way to cult-like adulation. But surely there are Trump supporters willing to admit that enough is enough, and the “Trump Party” should return to being the grand old Republican Party and nominate someone else for president in 2020.