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Letter of the Day | No bias towards Trump!

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read with interest Mark Wignall's well-written column in the Sunday Gleaner, 'The loathsome Donald Trump' (August 19, 2018). Surprisingly, a reader, Carlton Stewart, followed up, claiming there was blatant bias shown towards Trump in this article, and others which dared to be critical of the US president ('Divest yourself of anti-Trump bias', August 21 2018). I do believe people need to start taking off the blinkers, and calling things as they are.

In the cultish world of Trump, the base is brainwashed into believing there is no truth to what they see and hear even when there are facts and hard evidence. There is a lot of 'gaslighting', where persons are subjected to psychological control and start questioning reality. President Trump is judged by the same standards as other leaders. He is judged by his own actions and inactions, his words which are often controversial and crude. He lies constantly and exaggerates the truth, and the unusually high staff turnover among his own executive speaks for itself. Reportedly, 42 per cent have already resigned or were fired since the president took office a year and a half ago.

In the courts, Trumps former campaign manager Paul Manafort was just found guilty by a jury on eight charges related to financial crimes committed, the first conviction as a result of Robert Mueller's continued investigation into Russian meddling in the US elections, and the Trump campaign connection. The additional 10 charges ended in a mistrial with a hung jury, and will likely be tried again. Trumps former confidant and personal attorney, Michael Cohen, just pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges including tax evasion, unlawful campaign contributions and making false statements to a bank. The hush-money payments to a porn star and a playboy model are crimes which implicate Trump directly, and who knows what else might legally implicate the president? These are serious crimes under US federal law, punishable by long prison sentences and fines, which Cohen hopes to have reduced by plea bargaining and cooperating with investigators. By all accounts President Trump and some in his inner circle, including family members, must be extremely nervous. I don't see how anyone thinking logically or practically can call any of this bias.

P. Chin

chin_p@yahoo.com