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Forum, Oct. 8: President Trump lacks both a legal and a moral compass


Monday, October 07, 2019
President Trump lacks both a legal and a moral compass

At a time of such division and conflict in our country, often sparked by President Donald Trump, I read a New York Times article by Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis headlined “Shoot Migrants’ Legs, Build Alligator Moat: Behind Trump’s Ideas for Border.”

It crystallizes both my concern for our country and my anger at our president. Shear and Davis wrote: “After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

I wondered what sort of individual, indeed, what kind of president, would possibly suggest such gratuitous violence against desperate, poor human beings seeking a better life?

We do not yet know the consequences of the impeachment inquiry. But surely we know, at the very least, a person who would urge such actions along our borders should not occupy the office of the president.

We should not have to depend only upon the president’s aides for a legal and moral compass for our president.

MICHAEL THOMAS

Lebanon

Things change in 21 years

Twenty-one years ago, congressional representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about sex.

Now, Republicans argue that President Donald Trump’s offenses aren’t impeachable? Either that or they are silent.

Disgraceful.

AMOS KORNFELD

Norwich