Trump doesn’t reflect our American values

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion American values are reflected by the fact that, with the exception of Native Americans, we are a country of immigrants and descendants of immigrants. As the son of immigrants, I support the DACA program. Mr. Trump is also the son of immigrants. Nevertheless, he is cynically using the DACA program as a political bargaining chip.American values are reflected by “freedom of the press.” Surely the media at times makes mistakes. However, overall, our democracy has been strengthened by having open and unrestricted reporting and commentary. Mr. Trump has tried to control the media with unverified claims of “fake news” — which is usually news he considers unfavorable toward him personally.American values are reflected by the dedicated men and women in our intelligence agencies who work tirelessly to protect our country from external attack. Mr. Trump has chosen to vilify our intelligence workers rather than accept their conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 elections.American values are reflected by the many sacrifices our military has made to defend freedom. In World War II, hundreds of thousands of Americans died fighting the Nazis. In spite of this fact, Mr. Trump defended the Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, saying they included “some very fine people.” I often wonder if Mr. Trump understands and appreciates American values.DON STEINERNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Critics of the president are often called “Trump haters.” I don’t criticize the president because I hate him, but rather, I criticize him because I love America and our values.American values are reflected in our Pledge of Allegiance, which states, “with liberty and justice for all.” Mr Trump’s rhetoric often suggests that liberty and justice are only intended for those who are white, male and Christian. He has disparaged people of color, women and Muslims.last_img read more