Letter to the editor

Posted 10/1/20

I am a Colorado voter registered as unaffiliated. It is my opinion that two particular actions by President Donald Trump have not received proper media attention, yet they provide clear testimony …

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Letter to the editor

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I am a Colorado voter registered as unaffiliated. It is my opinion that two particular actions by President Donald Trump have not received proper media attention, yet they provide clear testimony about the nature of his character.

Consider the president’s view of 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Trump stated he did not consider McCain a hero for having had his plane shot down over Hanoi, and being subsequently captured by the North Vietnamese. I wonder if Trump even knew that McCain, on being offered early release from prison, would not accept his freedom unless every person imprisoned before him was also released. In so refusing, McCain endured almost five years of additional incarceration during which he was frequently tortured. If this choice of action does not make a hero, what does?

Second is the role of the Kurdish people in fighting ISIS in northern Syria and Iraq. The Kurds’ role in subduing and routing ISIS was extremely important to our goal of defeating them. Yet Trump, after a favorable outcome was achieved, turned his back on them and left them to fend for themselves.

Many other comparable examples could be cited, such as Trump’s position regarding our long-time NATO partners, and his behavior regarding the dismissals and resignations within his own cabinet and inner circle. The latter are introduced with much fanfare as the very best available, only to be berated when they leave. Given the record-breaking number of these individuals, at best, the president has shown extremely poor judgment appointing them in the first place; and at worst, it shows a fatal character flaw. Both may explain why so many prominent Republicans have chosen not to support him.

The cited facts seem clearly and sufficiently damaging to show that Trump should not be re-elected for office. If it were a sporting event, he would be disqualified.

— Jim Lowell, resident of Denver’s Washington Park West neighborhood

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