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Respecting the president

To the Editor:

As Independence Day approaches, we recall a time when a diverse group of people united to form our country, bound by the common belief that we are endowed with certain rights and freedoms. More than two centuries later, we still reap the benefits of our forefathers’ actions thanks to the efforts of countless men and women who have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, to ensure these rights and freedoms.

One of these basic rights is our freedom of speech. But just because we may have the right to say something does not mean it is right to say it. Although Kathy Griffin may have had the right to have her photo taken while holding a bloody severed head of President Donald Trump [or any other person] and refer to it as comedy, it was not right to do so. This wasn’t an accident or a misstatement; it was planned, deliberate, hateful and, in my opinion, in no way humorous. What was humorous was that Griffin later held a press conference claiming that she was the victim.

What was not humorous was the fact that the president’s 12-year-old son, who was obviously traumatized by Griffin’s violent act, became a target of liberals. Can we at least agree that it is not right to further traumatize a 12-year-old boy?

I understand that there are millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump, and frankly he was not my first choice either. But, yes, he is our president.

The Never-Trumpers on both the left, including Hillary Clinton, and on the right need to realize that Trump won because there were millions of voters [evidently forgotten by the experts and politicians] from diverse backgrounds who were not predicted to, but did, vote for him. They didn’t vote for Trump because he was a Republican or because he was not a Democrat. They voted for him because he was not a politician. Perhaps they realized that, after generations of both Democrats and Republicans in office enacting failed policies, their lives were not getting any better and they wanted change. This longing for change was the same reason that President Obama was elected. To continue to deny that Donald Trump is president ignores the suffering and the voice of those who voted for him in an attempt to better their lives.

As Americans, we should share the common goal of making our country, and our world, a better place, even though we may have different visions of what that is.

The failed policies of both Democrats and Republicans served as a catalyst for … [making] Donald Trump president, not Russian interference, or Wikileaks or Hillary’s unsecured emails.

Lynn Link

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