Letter: America deserves better than Donald Trump

I have lived and worked in the Middle East, where most of the workers are from many different countries with many different religions.

A superintendent from India told me that the workers preferred to work for me than for the other superintendents because I was an American. He stated that the employees preferred to work for Americans as they were most fair. If there was trouble, the Americans would defend you. Americans would give you a straight answer instead of evading a difficult question. Americans respected the person and didn’t look down on others due to the country they were born in or the religion they followed.

As you can imagine, I was humbled by his assessment and felt proud that Americans were held in such high esteem.

A man is running for president who, by the words he uses, identifies himself as a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, crude, uneducated bully. The rhetoric he uses is judgmental, exclusive and divisive.

Are we to assume that this is the image Americans want to project of their country and by association themselves? Americans generally project an image of fairness, unbiased acceptance of differences and a welcoming attitude. Republicans have been very good about accepting their new standard-bearer. Some of them need to read the book “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

We can only hope that someday an innocent child will stand up and shout what is obvious to everyone else: America deserves better.

Joel Wells

Iowa City


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