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LETTER: Adios, El Trumpo!

U.S. President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Florida. — Reuters file photo

It may be only magical thinking, but I’m beginning to believe that the Trump Era is drawing to a close. The huge numbers of electors lining up to vote early, and the high volume of mail-in votes, seem to point toward a Democratic win. Joe Biden, however doddery he may appear, does have the virtue of (relative) honesty.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, makes no pretense of either honesty or intelligence, peddling the same old nonsense that has been debunked repeatedly over the past four years. I suspect that the largest group of electors, those who have been growing more and more uneasy about the Trump brand, are about to show him that they are not as gullible as he thought they were.

Poor Old Joe, who’s nearly as old as I am, should be enjoying a well-earned retirement, rather than setting himself up for Trump’s ridicule and disrespect.

Trump’s monumental failure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, his blatant disregard for the lives of his citizens, and his unrelenting self-aggrandizement, have made an impression on large numbers of U.S. citizens. Even those who found some of his policies congenial now see through the bombast and the bluster and, even at this late stage in his presidency, see him for who he is.

Poor Old Joe, who’s nearly as old as I am, should be enjoying a well-earned retirement, rather than setting himself up for Trump’s ridicule and disrespect. But it seems to be Trump’s mockery of Biden that is turning many Republicans away from their habitual voting pattern. Trump has pushed his luck just a little too far, and caused many to withhold their support, at least temporarily, for this election only.

If the Republican party can find a candidate with at least one or two of the virtues needed for governing a large federation, then these disenchanted electors will no doubt vote Republican again. The Grand Old Party will have to learn that U.S. citizens are not unintelligent, and that the majority still value honesty, civility, compassion and good old-fashioned decency, and look for a candidate worthy of respect. I don’t know what odds the bookmakers will be offering on that!

Ed Healy

Marystown

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