Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump is a bully; if you support him, you’re one, too

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit on July 1, 2016, in Denver.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the opening session of the Western Conservative Summit on July 1, 2016, in Denver. Associated Press

Donald Trump feeds off fear, anger and cowardice — the core of everything we, as human beings, should be against. He feeds off the mentality that knocking others down makes us better and should make us proud of ourselves.

He’s a bully. He does the very thing we teach our children not to do: be mean to others. If he said the things that he’s said about African-Americans, Muslims and mentally disabled people about your children, you’d be furious. But because he’s saying it about other people’s children, it’s OK?

By supporting a bully, you are a bully. By supporting someone who so blatantly only finds himself worthy after putting down innocents, you are also making innocent people punching bags for your own insecurities.

It’s said we hate people most like ourselves because they reflect everything we don’t like about ourselves. Your hate for people of different races, religions and economic standings only highlights your insecurities in your color-based privileges, your uncertainty in your religion and your fear of economic hardship.

Find pride in your love, not in your hate. Find pride in your selflessness, not your selfishness. Find pride in peace of humanity, not in wars between us.

Julia Graham, Atascadero

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