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Letter to the Editor: Rubber and Glue

The president’s behavior has become increasingly childish and immature. His choice of his latest victim, a 16-year-old female environmental activist, reflects a new low ebb, so I decided to observe a few of his world counterparts on demeanor and strategy. 

Take Putin: very systematic, cunning, like a chess game. Angela Merkel: cerebral, finesse, like bridge, the card game. Then we have the president.

My theory is that he engages in the rubber-and-glue strategy. Let me explain: In second grade, when someone bullied or said something mean, we’d simply say, “I’m rubber; you’re glue. Your words bounce off me and stick to you.” 

I’ve tried out the theory on how he deals with people, places and things, and it works every time. For instance, his rant, “He’s a deranged human being, a liar; he’s a very sick man, a maniac; he grew up with a complex.” He’s describing whom? On Nov. 3, 2020, it’s up to you: Will it be four more years of rubber and glue?

Pete Thelen 

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin