Time to end all this hateful speech

To the editor:

Hate begets hate. We all know we need to be more compassionate in our national political dialogue. It was bad that a Democratic congresswoman recently encouraged harassing Republican appointees in restaurants. A former Democratic attorney general recently said that when Republicans go low, we should kick them. He claimed he did not mean physically kick them, but it gave the White House a chance to issue its own “see there” comments.

But one thing that leaves no possibility of misinterpretation is when the leader of our country, the president of the United States, says hateful and violent things at political rallies. Here are a few among the many: “I would like to punch him in the face”; “Maybe he should have been roughed up”; “Knock the crap out of him would you? I promise you, I will pay your legal fees”; “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.”; “Part of the problem is no one wants to hurt each other anymore”; “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will”; “I’ll beat the crap out of you”; “If you do (hurt him), I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it”; “Lock her up, crooked Hilary”; “CNN is the worst spreader of fake news.”; John Bannon is a very bad man.” Even recently, President Trump praised a congressman for body slamming a news reporter to the ground, breaking his glasses.

Yet his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stated, “The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence.” On Oct. 24, bombs started to show up at the homes and offices of Trump’s perceived detractors. A deranged Trump supporter has been charged with attempted mass murder.

A few days later, 11 Jewish worshipers in Pennsylvania were shot and killed. Is it not time for the Republican Party to tell their leader to stop the hate comments, to show compassion and to attempt to heal the nation? Who stands on the side of morality, kindness and doing the right thing?

—Dan Barrett

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