Deeds show the man, not words
Re “For the first time in my life, I was called deplorable” (Forum, Nov. 27): Here are Donald Trump’s deplorable actions and words that Judy Kahler sweeps under the rug: making fun of the disabled, calling women “fat pigs,” bragging about grabbing women in the crotch, hiring as chief strategist a man who objected to sending his children to school with Jews and who supports voter suppression of African Americans.
Being deplorable is not about her patriotic father, but about these abhorrent ideas and those persons who accept them in a multicultural, multi-ethnic America. It’s deplorable that Trump has created the kind of environment where a public official in West Virginia can email that she will be glad to see “that ape in heels” exit the White House.
Hellan Roth Dowden,
In agreement with Kahler’s view
For the many of us who have been confused and disgusted by the recent elections, Judy Kahler has captured our thoughts and concerns for the direction our republic has been traveling. As she states: “I do not support the new worldview that elevates political correctness above each individual.” Neither do most of us.
While we do not march and demonstrate against inequities and disgraces, we live our lives in a way that preserves our safety, liberty and well-being. We do not hurt others. We do not steal from others. And, we keep our word. Lessons that politicians should adopt. In addition, we are generous with our families and with our neighbors.
So, you give us hope that we are not actually “deplorable” and, perhaps, there is hope. Thank you for your observations.
Doug Cooper, Lincoln
She expresses sentiments exactly
Judy Kahler’s excellent essay perfectly expressed my feelings regarding the recent presidential election. I am the daughter of immigrants, fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I abhor the left’s single-note politics of vicious character assassination and anti-Americanism. That is why I voted for Donald Trump, in spite of his many ridiculous statements.
Ida DeField, Carmichael
Two kinds of deplorable
Judy Kahler writes of her pain at being called “deplorable” by some erstwhile friends. My impression is that she is a very worthy person from a fine family, and that those “friends” have made a fundamental error. They have failed to distinguish between a deplorable person and a generally kind and upstanding person who has fallen prey to the temptation to take a particular action that they may consider deplorable.
Very few people would truly qualify to be fundamentally deplorable; my present strongest candidate is Steve Bannon, unless it might be Donald Trump himself, in view of how horrendous it is to appoint such a purveyor of hatred as his senior adviser.
Donald E. Hall,
Disturbed by straw man argument
I was disturbed by Judy Kahler’s straw man argument against Hillary Clinton. Did she listen to Clinton’s actual comments? If she had, she would know that Clinton said that about half of Donald Trump’s supporters are racist, sexist, xenophobic, etc. She categorized those people as deplorable, which, frankly, they are. She went on to say that the other half of his supporters are people who must be listened to, as they have valid concerns about our economy, etc.
And by the way, if Kahler doesn’t find Trump’s white supremacist supporters and Trump’s own comments that he can grab women’s genitals because he’s famous deplorable, then it does kind of make me wonder what her values are.
Marlene Montalvo, Novato
Confused on a couple of things
I suspect Judy Kahler is confused on at least two fronts: One, Hillary Clinton never said that Donald Trump supporters were “deplorables.” She said that half (later she apologized and revised half to a smaller number) were deplorables because they were racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, (and/or) Islamophobic. So unless Kahler is one of those things, she’s not a deplorable.
Two, she doesn’t seem to comprehend the concept of empathy. Is she empathetic toward the struggling Mexican immigrants who Trump called criminals and rapists? Is she empathetic toward the Muslims who Trump wants to ban from entering our nation?
Elections have consequences, and while it’s foolish to believe that a supporter of a particular candidate agrees with everything that candidate says, you cannot simply dismiss the reprehensible things Trump has said and hide behind a “simple” lifestyle.
You’re not a deplorable, but your hands are not completely clean.
Ray Marshall, Sacramento
What do you call supporters?
Judy Kahler is mistaken about being called “deplorable,” if she is talking about Hillary Clinton’s use of the term. From her story, Kahler seems to be a reasonable, successful, conservative business person. Clinton did not call all Trump supporters “deplorable,” and neither do I.
I do wonder what term Kahler would apply to those Trump supporters that seem to fit the term Clinton used, such as David Duke and the whole white supremacist movement that appears ecstatic over a Trump triumph. Or those at Trump rallies who physically assaulted any protester. Or the hundreds at Trump rallies who screamed at the press and chanted “Lock her up” or “Build the wall.”
Timothy Tutt, Davis
You are not deplorable
Judy Kahler, you are not deplorable. What you are is misguided. You voted for a man who is emblematic of all that is wrong in a person. Trump is self-serving, thin-skinned, vengeful; he has made sexist and racist remarks. You question Hillary Clinton’s inability to speak the truth, yet Trump lacks experience with the truth. You state that the government didn’t listen to the bedrock of the nation. Two million more Americans voted for Clinton than Trump. You claim that our elected officials deserve respect, but you turn a blind eye to eight years of harassment and racist remarks that President Barack Obama endured.
You are not deplorable, but don’t be pleased with your decision to vote for Trump.
Michael Santos, Antelope
Conservatives have forgotten actions
Re “Trump supporters don’t feel guilty” (Letters, Nov. 27): Donald Trump supporters who claim that conservatives accepted Barack Obama’s election with “dignity, civility and respect for the constitutional process” have selective memories.
They forget the demonstrations by tea party groups and others who carried signs showing the president as the Joker and a monkey, along with the Republican members of Congress who appeared with them. They forget the hangings in effigy of the president. They forget the rise in hate groups and activity after the election of our first black president. They forget the statement by Sen. Mitch McConnell that the first order of business for Republicans was not “respect for the constitutional process” and the will of the people, but to ensure that Obama would be a one-term president.
Helen Walsh, Placerville
Guilty feelings only a matter of time
It is time to feel guilty if you voted for Donald Trump, no matter what the motivation or rationalization was for that choice. Erika Smith’s opinion piece was right on.
I was willing to move forward and give the new administration a chance, but with many of the proposed appointments to his cabinet, my fears are continually confirmed. Trump is a bigot and misogynist. As Maya Angelou said, if someone shows you who they are, believe them. Trump showed his true colors during the campaign and now continually reaffirms it on an almost daily basis. So if his supporters don’t feel guilty yet, it is only a matter of time before having to face the facts.
Mary Ann Carrasco,
Thank you, Donald Trump
Re “Still in disbelief over Trump’s election victory” (Forum, Nov. 27): The election of Donald Trump to the presidency has been a shock to everyone, including (though he won’t admit it) President-elect Trump.
We should be grateful. His election has provided the necessary hubris to the leaders and members of the alt-right to make them confident enough to expose themselves to the light of day.
Few of us could ever imagine the number of Americans that quietly support these groups and their racist, bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic views.
Now that the nation is aware of this threat, we can begin the process of exposing them for who and what they truly are. In time, hopefully, we will be able to finally remove this cancer from our nation.
Eugene King, Sacramento
It’s time to accept President Trump
William Endicott repeated all of Hillary Clinton’s campaign name-calling of Republicans. Most of the people who voted for Donald Trump do not fit the description of his insults. It turns out that more college-educated women, including my family, voted for him, as did Hispanics. Clinton ignored more than half of the nation whose lives were not getting better and did not feel safe anymore. I was born and raised in Michigan, which voted for Trump.
President-elect Trump is not a politician but came out of the private sector. I heard him say he would help the black people in the inner cities by helping them with jobs and school choice, and I heard him say he would be a president for all the people no matter what race or color they might be. Anyone who did not hear this was not listening.
Trump was not my first choice, but I see now that he was the only one who could have made this course change.
Kay Walsh, Sacramento
Fake news and opioid addicts
Re “Instead of global news we have national cacophony” (Viewpoints, Nov. 27): The vacuum left by the decline of trusted journalists and the news world has been accompanied by a phenomenon that invites comparison to the current opioid epidemic: With an increasing number of unreliable, infectious rogue sources of information proliferating, with little concern for authentication, an addiction-prone populous is eager to ingest the faux and apocryphal, provided feelings are stirred and elevated.
Similar to the effects of hallucinogens, the consumption of spurious news sources engendered powerful responses and, like drug highs, lead to reckless and unprocessed thinking. As with the addict, infected mental faculties are freshly incubated, ripe for delusion and what follows.
Likely aware what they are doing is wrong, concerns for truth are shrugged off and willing victims, as with drugs, become dependent and manipulable.
Donald Trump knows all that.
Spencer P. Le Gate,
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