President Trump’s limited vocabulary indicates to me that he is not much of a reader nor is he a good listener. Reading and listening are important avenues for learning and thus enable one to make intelligent decisions. Otherwise, ignorance is the result.

The use of expletives and insulting language has no place in the public forum. The president’s verbal reference to Haiti and African nations as “s---hole” countries was another low-point showing his lack of diplomacy and lack of respect for those people. Some present at that meeting either said they did not hear the offensive word or they did not remember. Are they afraid to come forward with the truth? Or have they become numb to the president’s unacceptable language? By not condemning what took place in that meeting those silent or in denial are condoning his outrageous behavior. Two senators (Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Dick Durbin ) came forth with the truth which Trump denies.

Whether it is the written word or a spoken one , words matter. Words can hurt; words can heal. Words can serve as a useful tool or a destructive weapon. I have heard President Trump make derogatory remarks and use foul language on television during the campaign and his presidency. Yet he denies everything. His behavior is dangerous not only to the United States but the world as well.

Many bought into Trump’s agenda in which he used fear and anger to fuel his campaign. I wonder how many now have buyers’ remorse? I hope people vote responsibly by being informed of the issues and not swayed by explosive rhetoric. Let us put the good of the nation above party politics. Only then can we heal and become whole again.

MARGARET VAN CLEVE

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