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Letter: Stoking Americans’ fears can’t be called leadership

These same admirers condoned his lies about President Obama’s birth, but will never learn the results from “his people in Hawaii searching for the truth.” His legion of fans approve his misogyny, his xenophobic rants about undocumented criminals and rapists, his “looking into” the closing of mosques and, his latest, denying all Muslims entry to this country. He stokes nativist fears and they love it, eagerly awaiting his next outrage.

His supporters, like all Americans each Fourth of July, salute our flag and glorify our Statue of Liberty, which begs, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free …” Many, no doubt, have ancestors whose ethnicity or religion were once ridiculed, or were denied U.S. entry during the worst of times. During the World War II era, the victims were my own people. Today, it’s stoking fear of Syrian refugees. Sorry, no room!

Since the 9/11 tragedy, sadly, 40 people have been killed by jihadists in the United States, while at the same time, far more have been killed by right-wing, anti-government and white supremacist killers. Nine police officers were targeted, ambushed and killed by professed “anti-government” terrorists. Are we profiling the wrong people?

Trump’s adoring plurality swallows whole his pablum of paranoia, fomenting fraternal fear. But thanks to a majority of expansive, caring voters, he’s assuring himself a general election loss of landslide proportions.

Leonard Gross

East Amherst