To the Editor,

It’s so sad and deplorable that Donald Trump feels compelled to resort to such mean-spirited and sophomoric name-calling, an activity that only demeans the office he holds. Can you think of another president that has ever stooped to such a low level of incivility?

Here is but a smattering of the vitriolic characterizations Mr. Trump has used in describing people and places that he chooses to attack: “Sh__thole” countries (Haiti, African Nations), “incompetent” and “mind is shot” (Ruth Bader Ginsberg), “not a war hero” (John McCain), “not very bright” (Joe Biden), “son-of-a-bitch” (Chuck Todd), and a host of others.

After reading how he uses such hurtful words to belittle those who dare to oppose him, is it any wonder that the following three Republicans spew the same hate-filled remarks as he does?

Claudia Tenney, a first term Congresswoman from a district in Central New York State, while on a radio show shortly after the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida made the following outrageous remark: “It’s interesting that so many of these people that commit mass murders end up being Democrats.”

Then there is Rick Saccone, the most recent Republican loser of a special election for a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania. The district had been carried by Trump in 2016 by 20 points. Even after having been endorsed by Mr. Trump at one of his hate-mongering rallies, Saccone lost to the Democrat candidate. I wonder if the following insane comment he made the night before the election contributed to his loss: “I’ve talked to so many of these on the left. And they have a hatred for our president. And I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country. I’ll tell you some more – my wife and I saw it again today. They have a hatred for God.”

But probably the most vile comments were made by the Republican candidate for a Congressional seat in Maine by the name of Leslie Gibson. He had posted derogatory tweets about two of the high school student survivors of the Parkland, Florida atrocity. Their names are Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg who have since become national gun control advocates. Here’s what Gibson had to say about Emma Gonzalez: “There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat.”

It’s a dark time for our country when the president, by his poor example, lends his tacit encouragement for others in his party to employ the same sort of hateful rhetoric as he does.

Stanley P. Cracovia

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