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Letter: Trump’s core beliefs endanger our nation

Trump’s core beliefs endanger our nation

Bigotry is an attempt to elevate oneself over a group of people in order to compensate for one’s own feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. This is who white supremacists are. This is the KKK.

This is also who Donald J. Trump is. It’s who he was when he was sued for refusing to rent apartments to people of color. It’s who he was when he called for the execution of five non-white teenage boys (“the Central Park Five”) who had not at that time been convicted of any crime, and who were later found to be completely innocent. It’s who he was when he shamelessly championed the so-called birther movement. It’s who he is now with his Muslim ban and the recent pardon of Joe Arpaio, the brutal sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a court order to discontinue his policies of illegally targeting Latinos.

This bigot who bluffed and conned his way into becoming president of the United States still has not clearly differentiated between the motivations of neo-Nazis and those who opposed them in Charlottesville, Va., saying, “there were very fine people on both sides.” Hate groups are not the same as peace, civil rights, equality or anti-fascist groups, no matter how many verbal contortions are employed.

Trump brings us shame, embarrassment and instability every moment he remains in our most cherished elected office, peddling his poison. It’s time for all Americans to loudly and clearly reject this defective hatemonger and demand his immediate removal.

Gregory Horn

Buffalo

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