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In Their Words

Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska recently criticized President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “He refused to treat it seriously. For months, he treated it like a news cycle-by-news cycle PR crisis rather than a multi-year public health challenge, which is what it is.”

Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly, commenting on the president, said, “I think we should look at people that are running for office and put them through the filter: What is their character like? What are their ethics?” The former Marine general has also been quoted as saying, “The depths of [Trump’s] dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”

Former Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has said President Trump is “aiding and abetting” efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Former Trump-appointed Secretary of Defense James Mattis has bluntly stated, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.”

Worried about the president’s attempts to use the military in domestic affairs, he added, “Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part.”

He added, “We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

Trump’s first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, called Trump “undisciplined” and told CBS News’s Bob Schieffer that it was challenging “to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things.” Mr. Tillerson has also been reported as referring more bluntly to the president as “a f—— moron.”

Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton has said about the president, “I don’t think he’s fit for office. I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job.” He added, “Putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle.”

Our congressman and Trump acolyte Lee Zeldin thinks Trump is the best president ever.

This is reason enough to vote Mr. Zeldin out of office.

John Neely

Westhampton Beach


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