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Trump-McCain cartoon ‘on the mark’

March 26, 2019

In Timothy Bishop’s Letter to the Editor of March 24, he objects to those in the media defending the late Senator John McCain, as well as the cartoon of March 22 in this newspaper. He refers to them as “inane distractions.”

Inane would actually be a fair description of the President’s latest rants about the late Senator. They rank right up there with his “I like war heroes who aren’t captured” stated in an interview during his campaign for President. We can expect more of the same in coming rallies, unless he was somewhat chastened by the lack of cheering, after his petulant remarks, by the Lockheed Martin employees present.

John McCain was considered a maverick because he didn’t always toe the party line. He was known to work across the aisle and respected by most of his peers because of it. We could use more, not less, of that in the Senate and House. He voted his conscience regarding the Affordable Care Act and had not been shy about his dissatisfaction with the process leading up to the vote. Unlike many in his caucus, Trump did not intimidate him.

It used to be that we expected dignity, class and respect from our Presidents. I believe the majority of the people of this country still expect those attributes to be displayed by the leader of the free world. Unfortunately, the present occupant of the “people’s house” exhibits none of those qualities.

If the majority of this country simply sits back and accepts the undignified, classless, disrespectful behavior of this President as the new norm, then shame on us. I believe we are better than that!

As to the cartoon of March 22, “President Tough Guy,” it was entirely appropriate and on the mark!

Pete Jeffrey

Danbury