After reading Ms. Baker’s June 7 column, it is difficult to see how she arrived at the opinion that Donald Trump is “just what we needed.” Most of her column is devoted to describing President Trump’s behavior as inappropriate and then excusing that behavior.

She describes the President as: “crass,” “off-putting,” “a raunchy businessman,” “telling whoppers” and “makes me cringe.”

The only reasons given by Ms. Baker for approving of the President’s performance in office are that “He donates his Presidential salary to good causes, has the economy humming ...”

Apparently, those are the only things that Ms. Baker thinks President Trump has done which are worthy of praise. I cannot argue with the fact that President Trump donates his salary, but many economists state that our current economy has nothing to do with President Trump’s actions.

It is apparent that Ms. Baker thinks that President Trump’s background in business is a good reason for him to be President, but a person needs to look at the kind of businessman he is before deciding that qualifies him to be President. We do not know how successful he is as a businessman because he has refused to permit the American people to see his tax returns.

Yes, he lives well, but he is the son of a very wealthy father. He financed his businesses with money from his father. He did not pay many of the people who did work for his businesses. He filed bankruptcy for several businesses. If the reason for Trump to be President is that he will run the country like his business, I can only say, that is not the way we want our country to operate.

Ms. Baker makes excuses for President Trump’s behavior and, in my opinion, by doing so she is adding to what she describes as “the general coarsening of society.” Sorry, that is not an excuse!

Ms. Baker acknowledges that President Trump lies, but tries to characterize it as hyperbole. Hyperbole is defined as a statement not intended to be taken as truth, exaggerated statements. If you were to ask President Trump if he intended people to believe him when he speaks, I’m sure he would say that he does want you to believe every word. By attempting to make light of President Trump’s lies Ms. Baker is approving of that behavior.

I think character counts and that the President of the United States should be of the highest character. This president, however lies constantly, brags about sexually assaulting women, praises dictators, makes fun of handicapped people, calls people he does not like by silly, childish nicknames, and separates children from their parents. He negates the contributions of a senator who is a national hero, vilifies the press, offends our allies, believes the words of our enemies over the words of our intelligence agencies, promotes programs which give more money to the rich while cutting back on programs that help the poor. He is a braggart. He encourages his audiences to be violent to those who disagree with him. He encourages disrespect for our judges. He uses vulgar language to describe countries where most of the inhabitants are not of the same color as President Trump.

Do we really want a president who reflects the worst part of our society? I, for one, do not!

This country needs a president who is honorable, truthful, wise, well-read and respectful of other people and other countries. We need a president we can be proud of as our representative to the world. We need a President who promotes the well-being of all of our citizens regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, origin, or political party. In all these virtues, President Trump is woefully deficient.

Kay Wilkins is a retired judge and lives in Springerville.

Kay Wilkins is a retired judge and lives in Springerville.

(9) comments

ArizAl

Thank you Judge Wilkins. I agree with you 100%. I would like to point out that after all the lies that Trump has told and all his previous crooked and illegal business dealings up to the point that now he and his crooked,corrupt, spineless adminstration are now using their government offices to enrich themselves by selling our nation, our democratic-republic to our foreign adversaries. Dictators or whoever. I have to warn the American people. An attack on our democracy, our constitutional republic has been launched not by North Korea, Iran, Venenzuela, or any other oil rich nation. Our country is under attack by Donald Trump and the republican party...they are systematically undermining all our government agencies that were established for the protection of our country and our citizens and the world community. The reasons: Donald Trump wants to sell "TOP SECRET NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY" to the Saudis without any restrictions on the use of that technology for making nuclear bombs. Never mind that Saudi Arabia is an authoritarian country that kills members of the press, suppresses women's rights, human rights, exports war, and was the home of Osama Bin Laden and almost all terrorist that were involved in the murder of 3,000 american in the 911 attacks. This bring forth the questions concerning the sabatoging of the the oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz: Are the stratigically bombing of the oil tankers a pretext to persuade the american public to either accept a war on Iran or to sell the nuclear technology where Trump and his family will be rewarded monetarily by the Saudis? The other question is: would the American people consent to sending our troops..brothers,sisters, sons, daughters, grandson/daughters etc. etc. to die in a war started by a unethical profiteering, pathological liar President Trump who by his own admission would supports an attack on our democracy,our nation, the United States of America by Russia?

johndoe

Kay this perfect prim and proper President you describe has never existed and I'm sure never will. I would love to live in your candy cane rainbow unicorn world but alas it also does not exist. You know your beloved Obama is guilty of most if not all of the things you accuse Trump of. He lied all the time, but the press gave him a pass because he did it with a more polished tone. Obama was constantly praising his Islamic brothers and sisters and has been key in allowing them to systematically take over many parts of our country. Democrats have had plenty of time to fix the things wrong with this country but do nothing. They love to point the finger at Trump when it is them who have failed. As usual Al rants on and on saying nothing and tries to make Republicans out to be racist monsters. Here's a fact for you to chew on, during one of our nations most darkest times when slavery was allowed, not one republican owned slaves, not one! Also not one Democrat voted to free the slaves...Democrats love slaves even to this day! They want you all to be slaves of the government, not to think for yourselves and just do what you are told. Believe the propaganda the media tells you and not ask questions. Trump at least is not a political stooge who bows to the media. If you really want your hatred to be valid then direct it towards the long term politicians who have not done anything helpful for the American people in the last 30 to 40 years!

Juleray

Well said

ArizAl

Johndoe, I hope you realize that with your post, you exemplify what it is to be a Trump republican religious bigot. Why do you single out the American citizens, followers of Islamic religion? Do these americans have a right to worship whatever religion they please? The U.S. Constitution says yes. It is one thing to criticize a country or it's crooked government officials like Trump's Saudi buddy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who ordered the killing of Washington post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi and it's quite another to blame a religion or all Islamists, americans and others for what a few bad individuals have done. Unfortunately, the republican party is no longer the party of family values, patriotism, integrity, or decent morals. It is now the republican party of Trump, the party that endorses treason, greed, dishonesty, vulgar behavior, misogyny,racisim, attacks on veteran war heroes, assaulting women, secretive non-transparency in government affairs, and an admiration for murderous,authoritarian leaders of other countries. The 64,000 dollar question still needs answered. If Donald Trump is as innocent of any and all wrong doings, as he maintains, then why doesn't he volunteer to answer questions by congress so that he can clear his name. What's he afraid of?

ArizAl

Answer to johndoe's post: Johndoe, I hope you realize that with your post, you exemplify what it is to be a Trump republican religious bigot. Why do you single out the American citizens, followers of Islamic religion? Do these americans have a right to worship whatever religion they please? The U.S. Constitution says yes. It is one thing to criticize a country or it's crooked government officials like Trump's Saudi buddy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who ordered the killing of Washington post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi and it's quite another to blame a religion or all Islamists, americans and others for what a few bad individuals have done. Unfortunately, the republican party is no longer the party of family values, patriotism, integrity, or decent morals. It is now the republican party of Trump, the party that endorses treason, greed, dishonesty, vulgar behavior, misogyny,racisim, attacks on veteran war heroes, assaulting women, secretive non-transparency in government affairs, and an admiration for murderous,authoritarian leaders of other countries. The 64,000 dollar question still needs answered. If Donald Trump is as innocent of any and all wrong doings, as he maintains, then why doesn't he volunteer to answer questions by congress so that he can clear his name. What's he afraid of?

johndoe

Al keep burying your head in the sand (or your backside). Democrats are the party of slavery and poverty. They want their constituents poor, uneducated, down trodden, reliant on big government so they can control you. Yes this country allows freedom of religion, but we are being over run by Islamic extremists, Christian extremists and religious nuts of all kinds. You like many libritards just spout out the same old same old about how horrible Trump is without offering any solutions, ever! Most of the cadidates running for the Democrat nomination have been in and around Washington for many years if not decades and have not fixed anything they now try to blame Trump for. The problems at the border were worse under Obama but no social outrage was heard. Again you sanctimoniously scream about how horrible you think Trump is but offer no solutions. Typical liberal, blame blame blame but never try to fix anything because a broken system keeps you in power.

ArizAl

Johndoe, the solution is obvious and simple , get rid of the Facist, sexual predator, child abuser, child kidnaper, pathological liar, delusional dolt, unpatriotic treasonous traitor, media basher, financial swindler, and groper of women's genitals, Mr. Bone Spurs donald trump. Johndoe, you and the republican, U.S. government hating, republican extremists who love Trumps lack of integrity, moral,ethical, and patriotic values are what Hillary accruately described as the Deplorables. BTW, where's the best health insurance Trump promised? Why do the American people have to pay for the wall of stupid the idiot in the W.H. said Mexico would pay for it? Obama had Iran giving up it's nuclear weapons and Trump screwed that up royally. Now the Iranians are calling Trump mentally disturbed and giving him the one finger salute.

johndoe

Oh Al your heads going to explode trying to remember all of the buzz words of hate for Trump you have heard from the media. Maybe you write them all down in your unicorn diary? Obama had us dealing with Iran? Now I know you have no clue what so ever.

ArizAl

I wonder if this one is going to get posted. Nooo johndoe, actually, it's you that is full of hate...hate for people that point out that for 6 years, from 2010 to 2016 Mr. Bone Spurs draft dodger,pathological liar,treasonous dolt, Donald Trump and his brain dead republicans were pushing the lies of "Birtherism" falsely asserting President Obama was not a legitimate President. Where was your outrage then johndoe? When the racist Trump who was fined by the U.S. Justice Dept. for housing discrimination practices of not renting apartments to Blacks or Trump spreading conspiratorial "Birtherism" lies about the nation's first Black President, Barack Obama. Interesting that Trump himself proved he is a racist by labeling predominately Black populated African countries as "sh*thole countries." Kenya being one of those countries that Trump and the brain dead republicans stupidly and falsely tried to claim was the birthplace of President Obama. Johndoe, the republican party has long hated Barack Obama because he is the nation's first Black President,also because he was smart, honest, patriotic, and embraced family values. OH, and unlike Trump, Obama knows that there is no Article XII in the constitution, or that there is a big difference between a Sherman tank and a Abrams tank. Ignorance is rampant in the Trump world. The controversy over Obama's citizenship and eligibility for the presidency prompted a number of Republican state and federal legislators to propose legislation aimed at requiring future presidential candidates to release copies of their birth certificates. Some legislators also lent their support to birth certificate-related litigation against Obama, joining as co-plaintiffs. Although Obama was confirmed as president-elect by Congress on January 8, 2009, and sworn in as President on January 20, litigation continued into his presidency. Numerous hate/conservative republican individuals and groups filed state or federal lawsuits seeking to have Obama disqualified from standing or being confirmed for the Presidency, or to compel him to release additional documentation relating to his citizenship. By mid-December 2008, at least 17 lawsuits had been filed challenging Obama's eligibility in states including North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Washington. No such suit resulted in the grant of any relief to the hate filled racists republican plaintiffs by any court; all of the cases were rejected in lower courts. Three post-election suits were also dismissed by the Supreme Court of the United States. One has to wonder if Obama had broken U.S. law and had enlisted the help of our nation's foreign adversaries to win the election, if the hate filled republicans would have condone the undermining of our constitution as they are now doing for Trump.

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