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Column: Trump’s behavior problems are way too big to set aside

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In a letter to the editor last Friday, Paul Lloret said that Donald Trump’s message resonates with a large number of Americans, so we shouldn’t be upset over his behavior problems and should “consider the source” of the criticism.
While the resonating part may be true, I wholeheartedly disagree with the second bit.
Criticism of Trump’s behavior isn’t coming only from other politicians. It’s coming from your neighbors as well.
I take issue with Trump’s mocking of a person with a disability. I take issue with Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexicans, when the same could be said of any group of people. I take issue with Trump’s dismissal of POWs and his statement that he likes “people who weren’t captured.” These are just a few of his behaviors and actions that scare me.
And I am not alone in this.
Americans are a diverse group – many races, many faiths, many situations – yet we are still one people and one nation. These behaviors and statements divide us against each other, and we can’t afford to be divided.
Disabled people, people of Mexican heritage, former POWs, people of the Muslim faith whom Trump has been vocal against – all of these people are our neighbors and a part of our community. To be a strong community, we have to strengthen every member and every neighbor, not just the ones we like or completely agree with.
Trump’s actions tell me he’s not prepared to stand for all Americans. Instead, he’ll stand for just the ones he likes, and that’s not what I’m looking for in a president.
Mr. Lloret also said that Trump won the primaries with “innovative thinking.” I hope that was a joke.
Trump used insults and personal attacks to win the nomination. He behaved like a schoolyard bully. While attacking others may resonate with Americans who are angry over their circumstances and looking for a target for their ire, it’s certainly not innovative. It’s childish.
This isn’t the behavior of someone who can lead our country. It’s the behavior of an angry 10-year-old.
In Trump’s case, his behavior far outweighs any message and shouldn’t be ignored in a candidate for any job, much less that of president.

Athena Redmond is a Buford resident and a page designer for The Lancaster News.