Divide and conquer
To the editor:
Seeing President Donald Trump tweet about sending female legislators “back” because they don’t agree with him, I have to laugh. Since I support the same ideas supported by the “the Squad,” I guess I must go back to the UK, despite being a sixth-generation U.S. citizen.
He then turned on Congressman Elijah Cummings and called Maryland’s 7th Congressional District a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” where “no human being would want to live.” Having lived in that district from 1999 to 2017, I have to assume that Trump knows as little about it as he does about most of reality. I grew up in Baltimore and lived in and around the city much of my life, so I don’t deny its problems, but for the most part, Rep. Cummings has had my respect. Trump, on the other hand, has spent my entire adult life demonstrating publicly that he is devoid of ethics and seeks his personal advantage and aggrandizement above all else. Now I see he is resurrecting the old “love it or leave” cry from the 1970s, once directed at anyone who disagreed with the pursuit of the war in Vietnam.
The U.S. has never been a monolith where everyone agrees, either with each other or with whichever political group happens to be in ascendancy, but I never thought that “divide and conquer” was supposed to be goal of the presidency. I am embarrassed that so many of my boomer generation, who have had reason to know better, have embraced this individual whose character flaws have been so much on display for most of their lives.