Fair to ask about Trump

To the editor:

As longtime former Democrat and current Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump recently has once again replaced high-ranking campaign personnel (so much for the concept of personal loyalty that he has often stressed) and appears to be, perhaps, taking a more conciliatory approach to members of racial minority groups, immigrants and female voters in an obvious and desperate attempt to improve his sagging poll numbers following months of insults and disrespect, it appears that the Trump campaign has entered into another new phase.

Also, is it not quite ironic that Trump often quoted poll numbers when he was performing quite well in the Republican primaries, but also during the primary process before his poll numbers made him the overwhelming front-runner he complained that the system was rigged against him, a sentiment which he now echoes (now, as then, with absolutely no proof of such) as a result of his current lagging poll results, trailing Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton by a fairly substantial margin?

Recently, Trump and a number of his surrogate supporters have questioned the health of Clinton, based merely on personal observations of nonmedical professionals, including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

It is apparent that the Trump strategy is based on distraction, innuendo and personal attacks in an effort, presumably, to deflect the focus on major issues of importance of which Trump displays a shocking lack of detail and specifics to any acceptable level.

Trump has stated that he plans to pursue the indiscretions of Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, as a campaign issue. He does not see the irony of such when his advocates include the thrice-married Newt Gingrich, Giuliani and the recently deposed former chief executive officer of Fox News, Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign as a result of a long history of sexually harassing a large number of female employees, and Trump has also been married three times and has bragged about his numerous affairs.

Perhaps Trump, in his campaign of distraction, should not be so anxious to question the health of his top presidential adversary with no medical evidence to substantiate such claims, as his abnormal orange complexion, along with his penchant for juvenile name-calling, as well as his peripatetic hand gestures during his speeches may lead one to question if he may well have issues pertinent, perhaps, to his physical and mental well-being as well.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry