Clever by half

Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric regularly makes me sick at my stomach. On the day he officially announced his candidacy, he demonized Hispanics as rapists and murderers.

He also has mocked and belittled Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina and Megan Kelly. I’m not a big fan of any of them, but that’s not the point. He thought calling Rosie a fat pig was really clever. His misogynist brain clearly doesn’t “get it” at all. He then mocked a physically disabled reporter and then dissembled by claiming he didn’t know him.

Now, he spews hate at all Muslims and proposes keeping all Muslims out of the country simply because of their religion. Radical Islamist terrorists determined to destroy Western civilization are one thing. Demonizing all Muslims — the vast majority of whom are decent and stand-up people — is quite different.

It hit me that Trump’s verbal brutality and recklessness is beyond disgusting after I read text messages from two friends — one from Bangladesh (now a U.S. citizen) and one from Saudi Arabia (recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma) — who are both honorable and decent, salt-of-the-earth types.

As Trump spews his cruel misogynist, xenophobic and racist hatred, his poll numbers with Republican voters often rise. He has remained the frontrunner in the GOP race for president, doing inestimable damage to our democracy and our country. His calling card is to fan the flames of intolerance, bigotry, hate and fear. Nearly every day, Trump stretches the exercise of his free speech to the breaking point. He’s lucky that he enjoys protected rights that in many cases he would take away from decent and honorable human beings.

I’d like to point out to him how fortunate he is to have the Secret Service, who are paid for by taxpayers he demonizes, protecting him.

— Tom Guild


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