Letter to the Editor:

Words matter. Words can inspire and comfort. They also can incite and hurt. Crazy, nasty, fake news, immigrant invasion, murders and rapists, losers, suckers, low IQ. The list goes on, but you get the idea. 

This is just some of the language attributed to our president. Along with this, consider the things he doesn’t say. No disavowing the wild conspiracy theories put forth by QAnon. No apology for smearing Joe Scarborough by insinuating he murdered an aide, a crime he could not possibly have committed. 

The abusive language he uses is an abuse of power, as there are many who follow him who take him at his word. He is, after all, the president of the United States of America. The Washington Post, at last count, has his tally for lies and disinformation at 20,000 or about 12 instances a day. The bottom line in all of this is that he is dangerous and should not be re-elected.

There are those who feel that Donald Trump is just being Trump and people should just blow off what he says. The danger here lies in the fact that he has fervent followers who take him at his word and are willing to take up arms to defend his lies and conspiracies.

There are others who are enablers. They recognize that with Trump, loyalty is everything and feel that they stand to gain personally when they back up his outrageous behavior.

Add this all up and you get a despot waiting to happen. Agreed, people are responsible for their own behavior, but leaders matter. 

We now say that Adolf Hitler was responsible for the murder of millions. In real terms, the only person Hitler murdered was himself. Words matter.

Frank Siedschlag

Sugar Camp