Media hit a new low with Trump
Re “Personal attacks pervade a hostile, tense debate” (Page 1A, Oct. 10): The Clintons have been involved in scandal after scandal for 30 years and have gotten away with them. Sunday night the gloves were off and Donald Trump had Hillary Clinton on her heels the whole night.
Trump talked about substance and refused to get pulled into the media-created attack of an old video when he was involved in an industry that was all about objectifying women. There is no excuse for the stupid bragging that none of us wanted to hear. It was private, male sex talk. It is the disgusting, biased media that has exposed the country to this private conversation, not Trump.
I feel sorry for the country as we see the liberal media, who used Trump to improve ratings, now try to destroy him and the hopes of millions who thought he might actually change the corruption in Washington.
I’m very angry at the liberal media.
Kay Walsh, Sacramento
Republicans are disgusted now?
Re “Trump on 2005 video brags about groping women” (Page 9A, Oct 8): I am amused by the GOP’s faux outrage over Donald Trump’s adolescent schoolboy sex talk. Was it OK to call John McCain a coward for getting caught? Was it OK to label Mexicans as rapists? OK to encourage violence? OK to suggest the U.S. might not honor its NATO treaty? OK to mock a reporter with a disability?
All that – and a whole lot more – could be dismissed, but somehow these moral upstanding folks are suddenly shocked and disgusted by Trump’s sex talk. Hardly. They always knew Trump was immature, arrogant and amoral. What shocks and disgusts them are bad poll numbers.
Also worthy of note – as a woman I am also disturbed by Paul Ryan’s comments. Women are to be “revered.” Really? No. Keep your reverence for God and the saints. Don’t hold me up on some pedestal. I am your equal, nothing more and nothing less.
Mary Gill, Fort Bragg
What happened to the GOP?
I am not a Republican. But I remember the Republican Party that stressed family values and other values that they treasured. It appears that those values are out the window now. Their candidate for president has pretty much shown that he should not be considered for dogcatcher.
Some major players in the GOP make statements like “everyone is unfaithful in their marriage.” Too many of them are backing their candidate no matter what. When Donald Trump’s skeletons come out of the closet, he immediately attacks others. Since he can’t really justify his contact, he tries to turn public attention elsewhere without any supporting evidence.
I suspect that after the election, there will be a bunch of the GOP leadership seeking treatment for PTSD – Post Trump Stress Disorder.
Donald Brazell, Roseville
Beware of Trump’s silent majority
It is frustrating to see Donald Trump with media coverage again for bad behavior. Despite his vulgar actions, Trump still has more than one-third of voters supporting him.
The media has failed to recognize that Trump’s success has nothing to do with Trump. It has everything to do with the failure of government to tend to the basic needs of the people and its failure to keep its promises.
Americans are so desperate for change in government that they would rather take their chances with an extremely flawed non-politician, than accept the traditional political insider.
These issues need to be examined and discussed so we can find real solutions. Otherwise, come Election Day we may find a Brexit-like result, as millions of disenfranchised voters – the new silent majority –find their voice at the polls.
Eugene King, Sacramento
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