From White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant to Melania Trump wearing an “I really don’t care” jacket, readers have a debate on the recentÂ political headlines.Â
What a poor decision our first lady, Melania Trump, made to don a $39 green jacket with the odd message â€śI really donâ€™t care. Do u?â€ť plastered on the back of it. And could there have been a more inappropriate occasion for doing so? I had considered Ms. Trump a lady of class, keeping her separate from her husbandâ€™s classless demeanor. I had given her a complete pass on all of it, despite the fact Iâ€™ve felt nothing other than disgust and embarrassment with her husband. My initial impressions could have been due to her aloofness, expensive wardrobe and gift of beauty. How sad to see our first lady stoop so low.Â
Iâ€™m curious how she and her staff ever agreed on having this jacket on display â€” especially on this particular travel agenda. Yes, her husband tweeted its intent. However, his tweets are often misleading, confusing or most often false, so I find no credible answers there.Â
My pass for Ms. Trump is rescinded.Â
Ron Humphreys; Milwaukee
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This is just strange. I mean, it would have made more sense if Melania had worn one of those preposterous MAGA hats.
â€” Debbie Tharpe-Lingle
â€śI really donâ€™t careâ€ť is the message her husband has been delivering all along anyway, so now sheâ€™s in lockstep with him. How callous can one get?
â€” Andrew Kleinwaks
Just another example of how poor the thinking is with these people. I donâ€™t think Melania meant anything, but it clearly shows she doesnâ€™t have the capability to think things through.
â€” Rich Heimlich
My theory is that she basically was sending a message to liberals that she doesnâ€™t care about what you waste your time saying about her! She is more of a tough cookie than most think.
â€” Steve Johnson
Comparing the struggles of the LGBTQ community and those of an otherwise privileged member of government, in this case White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is both ludicrous and insulting. Sanders has continually lied to the press and the American people.
Being part of the government opens you up to criticism based on your actions and those of the government you work for. Being gay is not a choice, and even if it were the decision to be so or not doesnâ€™t affect the rights of millions of human beings.Â
Being part of the government does not protect you from shame and shunning by the community around you, nor should it. As part of a healthy democratic government, you open yourself up to greater scrutiny and criticism.
If Sanders doesnâ€™t like being shunned, she can quit her job. Itâ€™s a lot harder to quit being yourself.Â
Keith Lennon; Providence, R.I.
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Anyone who has a business that depends on the public is a fool to openly get involved in politics this way. The hate shown by this restaurant owner will likely shut down her business â€” and it should. No reasonable Trump-hater can defend what this owner did.
â€” Jim Reid
I will be sure to go out of my way to stop at this restaurant when my wife and I drive through Virginia. Good for this owner! People have to start fighting back and showing how much this administration is an embarrassment, and its members should be thrown out whenever/wherever they show up.
â€” Richard Blue
Trump has made a point of trying to normalize bigotry and racism whenever he can. Then his worshipers whine when they are subjected to the same kind of treatment?
â€” John Schoonover
If the unthinkable were to happen and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., were injured in any way by an assailant, the situation must be squarely laid at the feet of the president of the United States.Â
There isnâ€™t much ambiguity about this, anyone can connect the dots.Â
President Donald Trump is playing with fire by calling Waters â€ścrazyâ€ť and accusing her of corruption. The potential awful effects, which he can neither foresee nor control, are dangerous.Â
Trump is playing with peopleâ€™s lives.
Joe Elliott;Â Asheville, N.C.
After listening to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., tell it like it is, I have a newfound respect for her.Â
Yes, her comments last week, â€śLetâ€™s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them theyâ€™re not welcome anymore, anywhere,â€ť could have been misconstrued because of her excitable manner in which she conveyed her thoughts.Â
However, she explained that her advice was strictly to encourage people to speak out in unison and peacefully gather together whenever and wherever possible â€” relentlessly, so that their voices are not drowned out by the horrific words of President Donald Trump and his loyal band of followers. Waters actually repeated statements made by Trump that showedÂ heÂ is the one who has demonstrated behavior that could incite violence. Watersâ€™ concerns about the thousands of children separated from their parents in the most cruel way showed through her eyes and passionate words. She called out Trump for who he is, as others should be doing.
Kudos to her!Â
Linda Gefen; Boca Raton, Fla.
Recently, Iâ€™ve read articles touting the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her Democratic primary for Congress as a sign that millennials want far-left, socialist policies. While I do not begrudge Ms. Ocasio-Cortez her victory, I believe that labeling her a spokesperson for the generation misreads how many young people feel today. Throughout the nation, there are just as many young voices on the right that are equally smart and charismatic, like Ben Shapiro, Tomi Lahren and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., to name a few. When it comes to fresh outsiders running for Congress this cycle, Antonio Sabato Jr. is another one to keep an eye on in California.
The recent discussion of millennials in politics often seems to highlight Ocasio-Cortez, while overlooking these other young stars and their decidedly different point of view. I believe that is whatâ€™s missing in America today.Â
Chet Flemington; Los Angeles
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I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezâ€™s win shows the diversity of our country. And a generation whose beliefs do not necessary fall in line with those before them. We change and evolve each generation, and itâ€™s not a bad thing.Â
This young woman is wanting to help people, wanting to do the right thing. Change is not always bad, nor does it necessarily mean spending ungodly amounts of money. Whatâ€™s bad is fearing change, allowing hate or ignorance to dictate our action, or sticking with the status quo just because thatâ€™s how it has always been. We will just have to see where this generation takes us.
â€” Tonia Nelson
Ultraliberals are going to be elected here and there, as there are pockets of liberal voters in various areas in the U.S. But the news media would have you thinking that this is some big deal, which it isnâ€™t.
â€” Gary Kissick
I have a confession to make: I am not a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, puppy-hating, throw-grandma-off-the-cliff Nazi. I have another confession to make: I am a proud, unabashed, card-carrying member of the Republican Party.
To some people out there, these may seem as one and the same. The assumption is that I start out as all of these horrible things unless and until I prove beyond a moving standard that I am not.
At no time in my life have we been so divided as a nation. Civil discourse is dead. We vilify those who disagree with us, and we associate only with those who are like-minded. We watch increasingly polarizing news as it reinforces our preconceptions.
When Barack Obama was in office, Republicans acted as obstructionists. They wouldnâ€™t work with him, and it was wrong. Now that Donald Trump is president, Democrats are apoplectic. It has gone beyond just being obstructionist to overt, seething hatred.Â
What kind of leadership are we seeing when a congresswoman advocates for harassment of political opponents? The party of tolerance and acceptance can now be summed up in one image, that of a comedian holding the severed head of the U.S. president. I didnâ€™t agree with many of President Obamaâ€™s policies, but at no time would I ever say he was â€śnot my president.â€ťÂ
I come from a mixed family. Thatâ€™s right. We have both Democrats and Republicans in our family. When I look at my brother I donâ€™t view him as the family liberal, but rather as a good father and loving husband. Likewise, he does not see me as a â€śdeplorable,â€ť but rather as a hard worker and family man myself. My parents actually cancel out each othersâ€™ votes each year, but they are still very much in love. We donâ€™t vilify each other. We love and respect each other despite our difference of opinion.Â
As we approach our 242ndÂ Independence Day, let us just stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and take stock of who we are as a people. We are all Americans. Abraham Lincoln said it best: â€śA house divided against itself cannot stand.â€ťÂ
David Engen; Spokane, Wash.
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