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Commissioner OK with savaging Constitution?

Letter to the Editor

The July 13 Tribune quoted some of Donald Trump’s campaign speechifying in which he openly advocated breaking the First Amendment by expanding libel laws to enable public officials to intimidate the media, as well as the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection doctrine.

“I’ve supported Trump early on for the one thing, that is he’s anti-establishment,” Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt said for a July 21 Clearwater Progress piece about his decision to become a delegate for Trump and attend the Republican National Convention.

Anti-American is certainly “anti-establishment!”

A March 27 Tribune editorial in which writer Ruth Marcus reported on a Washington Post editorial board interview of Trump to “test, actually, whether Trump is ready to enter a new, more mature phase” of campaigning. After mentioning a happening during a nationally televised “presidential debate,” Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt questioned Trump’s on-air bragging: “… you are up there and talking about your hands and the size of your … ‘private parts,’” Hiatt noted. Did Trump “wish he hadn’t responded in kind and brought up the subject, unprovoked?” “I’m not just a counterpuncher,” he told us. “I’m a compulsive counterpuncher. I had to do it,” he said. And anyway, “he [Rubio] started it.”

In the same issue as Marcus’s report, an editorial by Dana Millbank noted that when a group “unaffiliated with Ted Cruz” published an “old-fashioned” photo of one of Trump’s former wives, Trump threatened to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife.

“Trump is an individual of solid moral character?” Only if one doesn’t, or can’t, keep up with the news.

I believe the fact that Trump openly threatens our U.S. Constitution and Ted Cruz at all, along with his salacious on-air bragging and (I’m told) TV campaign ads in which Trump “mocks disabled Americans,” are the acts of a certifiable anti-American sleazoid who admits he can’t control his emotions. Do any character flaws remain which are unacceptable in President of the USA? Evidently not, to an Idaho County representative.

David Bearman



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