Donald Trump is taking the presidency, an office that should command respect and represent our citizens with honor, and making it into a sideshow. He appears at campaign rallies and insults his critics, promotes his superior intellect and spouts false statements, while whipping the crowd into a frenzy. He criticizes our allies and seems to envy leaders like Vladmir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

At a recent rally, Trump joked about President Bush's Thousand Points of Light, a program that encourages volunteerism and public service. It got him a few laughs.

It is fine for citizens to support Trump's positions on taxes, immigration and trade if that fits their desire, but Trump's behavior is inexcusable.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders and elected officials remain quite, disappear, quit or give false praise. When asked about Trump's behavior, they defend it as Trump's leadership "style."

Dishonesty, rudeness and disrespect do not constitute a "style."

GENE BIER

Milton

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