You can’t have it both ways, sheriff
Re “Vote for Trump, vote for bigotry” (Local, May 8): Marcos Breton is spot on in his evidence-based critique of Donald Trump, who has stirred up an ugly mix of nativism, bluster, xenophobia and racism in his march toward the Republican presidential nomination.
Breton also hits the bull’s-eye when he describes the commitment of GOP congressional candidate Scott Jones to vote for Trump as “voting for the whole package: the repeated lies, the pledge to discriminate against Muslims, the demonization of Mexicans, the disparagement of women and the disabled.”
Jones’ statement that his vote for Trump is “a far cry from saying I support him or endorse what he said” doesn’t hold water. Sorry, sheriff, you can’t have it both ways. Voting for Trump is buying the whole package.
Robert Irelan, Rancho Murieta
Trump’s bigotry? I think not
Marcos Breton’s claims against Donald Trump are partisan views. It’s definitely true that Trump has all those things listed in Breton’s column, but obviously the silent, overtaxed, sick-of-victimization majority like the idea of a safe country and legal immigration.
Breton attempts to stop a storm of conservative thinking. It is a meaningless liberal column set in fear-mongering.
Dave Putman, Citrus Heights
A vote is an endorsement
Sheriff Scott Jones says that even though he will not endorse Donald Trump for president, he does intend to vote for him. Though registered as a Republican voter, I agree with Mitt Romney that Trump is totally unfit to be president. Thus I regret that Jones’ intention to vote for Trump ensures that I will support his opponent, Ami Bera.
Donald E. Hall, Sacramento
No one agrees 100% of the time
How dare you use your column to say: “If you vote for Trump, you vote for what he stands for – all of it.” Almost everyone knows that there is no one with whom you agree 100 percent. So, you use your common sense, discerning wisdom, to educate oneself about the issues and find a candidate with whom you align on some major issues. And if the political field is wanting, so be it. It is what it is. But do not tell people that a vote means they are 100 percent in agreement.
Jerilyn Barkema, Fair Oaks
GOP old guard needs to change
The GOP is in shambles, perish the thought. The front-runner is not a conservative ideologist but a pragmatist, and the established old guard does not seem to know why the party is in chaos. This shows how little the Republican Party elders understand their constituency.
It is easy to believe in Republican conservative ideology when you are a legislator on a good government salary, or a rich older Republican. However, if you are middle class, desperately trying to put food on your table, pay your mortgage, worry about your job, terrorists, illegal immigration, exploding health care costs and do not understand why the nonworking resident down the street is getting free housing, health care and food stamps, conservative ideology becomes a nonstarter.
This is the reason Trump is where he is now. And may be the reason why the old guard really needs to change, soon, if it wants to survive.
Horst Weinberg, Sacramento
Does Trump really loves Hispanics?
Re “Trump dives in on Cinco de Mayo” (Page 12A, May 6): I’m confused. Donald Trumps says “I love Hispanics” in one instance, and yet states that a design for the wall to keep Hispanics out would be complete within the first 100 days in office.
Which one is it? The bigger question is who is gullible to believe this opportunistic statement on Cinco de Mayo? How insulting. Deplorable, really. This is the GOP nominee for the utmost job of diplomacy and statesmanship?
Todd Gearou, Carmichael
My vote for ‘super mom’ of the year
Re “Woman celebrates her family’s help in graduating high school” (Local, May 9): What a wonderful story about the Gaines family, and the inspiring and courageous accomplishment of daughter Brittany in graduating from high school. I cast my vote for “Super Mom” of the year for Brittany’s mother, Wanda Gaines. What a lady!
Walter Graviet, Sacramento
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