Letter: Voting Trump was dangerous

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Mike Jennings and Michael Allen (Your Feedback, Courier February 3) suggest giving Donald Trump as President of the United States a chance. In my view on his past record Mr Trump has little chance of improving.

When seeking the Republican Party nomination he said such awful things that many Republican politicians refused to support him. Mr Trump was offensive to many different groups, even whole countries. He speaks without thinking. He proposes simplistic solutions to complex, very real, problems. I think he acts in an impulsive, childish manner.

For example, Mr Trump has mocked a disabled newspaper reporter and instituted a ban on Muslims entering the US

The following Trump quotes must surely be unacceptable in a decent society:

“If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

So he’s in favour of torture!

He is widely viewed as a compulsive liar.

In response to Mike, I suggest that his idea of tough love for his own children should not be applied to the American people. This would assume Mr Trump is going to act in their best interest, not just the interests of his very rich friends. Letting him have his own way by getting rid of Obamacare and making enemies of other people and countries will not help Americans.

To Michael – it seems clear that on some of Mr Trump’s promises he has already changed his mind, for example on being anti-CIA, and he has been told by the court that his promise to stop all immigrants from certain nominally Islamic countries is unconstitutional.

I believe voters should listen to what different politicians say and promise and vote very carefully.

It seems to me that voting for Mr Trump was very dangerous for the American people and the rest of the world.

But politicians should carry out their pre-election promises, while as a society we should understand the contract between voters and politicians: on the one hand not to make undeliverable promises and on the other not to vote for politicians who make bad promises.

Richard Ramsden, Clover Hill Road, Halifax