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Trump has failed to keep America safe

Trump has failed to keep America safe

To the Editor:

I’m writing in response to Ted Carr’s letter in the October 21 edition of your paper. Unlawful, destructive acts by Trump supporters are at an unprecedented level and, true to form. Carr’s reference to “rioting and destroying property in Seattle, Portland and other cities” was right out of the Trump playbook. 

When they can’t effectively defend their actions, Republicans follow Trump’s lead to divert attention to other hot topic issues. Trump has repeatedly refused to condemn vigilante violence from his own supporters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon, a choice that extremism experts say amounts to an open invitation for more of it.

In a Yahoo/YouGov poll conducted immediately following the 2020 Republican National Convention in August, 56 percent of registered voters said they expect more violence if Trump is re-elected. I’d say the percentage would be significantly higher if the poll were conducted today.

Diversion isn’t going to work this time, Mr. Carr. Keeping America safe is one of his basic duties and Donald Trump has failed in that capacity. You can claim that he’s the “law-and-order” president, but history will be the judge. I predict he’ll be remembered as the most corrupt, lawless president in modern times — quite possibly in the history of the country and you’ll be remembered as one of his most devoted supporters. 

Myrna Campbell

Haywood County Democratic Party Chair

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