Letter to the Editor: Really, Senator Johnson?

Dear Sen. Johnson,

In an interview with the Washington Examiner published on Sept. 2, 2019, you said the following about Donald Trump: “I personally like the guy. I tell people he’s engaging. He’s gracious. He’s very funny. That’s what liberals do not get at all. Those rallies are a policy-related comedy act. He’s a very smart man. He’s a very smart man.”

I strongly disagree with your statement about Donald Trump’s attributes. Let me start with “gracious.” I know for sure he is not gracious. A person who is gracious would never, ever:

• Mock a disabled reporter

• Insult a Vietnam War POW/U.S. senator 

• Shove the prime minister of Montenegro aside to get a better position for a group photo

• Feud with a Gold Star family

• Attack the pope on Twitter

• Hang up on the prime minister of Australia

• Refer to African nations and Haiti as “s***hole countries”

Donald Trump is also not engaging, funny or smart. If you look at his lifetime history, you see a human being with dismal qualities: He is mendacious, bigoted and self-absorbed. On a daily basis, his tweets, statements and actions provide additional evidence that he is intellectually, morally and temperamentally unfit to be president. The sooner he is removed from office, either through impeachment or the 2020 election, the better off this country will be.

Sen. Johnson, if you “personally like the guy,” that’s your choice. But don’t attribute positive characteristics to Donald Trump that are obviously not true. Please do not try to normalize the man.

William F. Grady III

Mequon, Wisconsin