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Consider the Trump approach

To the editor:

Give Donald J. Trump, the notorious, self-aggrandizing, self-promoter, credit for keeping his political adversaries and the legitimate media on the defensive while continuing to dictate an agenda abundantly favorable to him, being rarely, if ever, fully taken to task for his shocking lack of knowledge of government, foreign and domestic affairs and economics, while lashing out constantly with outrageous allegations and destructive personal attacks on those he feels are not totally subservient to him, while somehow, incredibly and thus far very successfully, promoting himself as a “man of the people,” who his personal history clearly indicates that his only interest in “regular folks” has been when we are utilized to benefit him on a personal or professional level.

Remember, it was Trump who was one of the leaders of the “birther” movement, which incredibly professed that President Obama was not a United States citizen, a claim he also made against vanquished Republican adversary Ted Cruz, and that he had proof, which was never revealed, to support his allegation regarding our nation’s current chief executive.

Fairly recently Trump criticized former President Bill Clinton for his well-documented sexual indiscretions, while accusing his spouse, the current Democratic front-runner for her party’s presidential nomination, for being his enabler. This, from an individual who has been married three times, when the Clintons remained married, and has bragged often about his multiple affairs over the years, giving one the impression Trump considers himself as being perhaps a “Hugh Hefner-like” character.

Trump has often stated that he prides himself on being loyal to those whom he feels have shown loyalty to him, but derides Mrs. Clinton for wanting to give her husband the benefit of the doubt, forgive and move on.

Some time ago, Trump ventured into a world that he also knew little about, but convinced others that his success in the business world and aggressive, self-confident approach “assured” officials of the United States Football League that Trump’s knowledge and determination would catapult the upstart league into new and unprecedented heights of success. As a result of Trump’s insistence, the USFL, which played its games in the spring, so as to not compete directly against the more established, and extremely popular, National Football League, decided to also play its games in the fall, thus becoming direct competition with the more established league, while also filing an anti-trust suit against the NFL. As a result of the legal action, which was done as a result of Trump’s insistence, the upstart league was awarded a paltry $3 settlement. So, essentially, it was Trump’s arrogance that inspired actions that put the USFL out of business.

I am concerned that if he were elected president, Trump’s ignorance, coupled with his supreme arrogance, would prove equally disastrous to our great nation as well. I fear he could well prove to be the U.S. version of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry