Donald Trump's remarks about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and his earlier remarks about illegal immigration, render Trump not blunt-spoken, but rude, crude, ill-informed and unqualified to serve as president ["GOP scorn for Trump," News, July 19].

Trump is unqualified not only because of his remarks, but also based on an absence of balanced temperament or the basic common sense that would tell any rational human that it's time for an apology and a retreat back to the business empire that he nearly bankrupted.

Edward B. "Woody" Ryder IV, Greenlawn

Ironically, Donald Trump's tirade was unnecessary. For years, Americans have been incensed over the relentless illegal immigration over our Southern border. Additional rants on the subject will have minimal effect.

Some corporations, including NBC Universal, have reacted negatively and severed business relations with him. This is a decision they will regret.

His indelicate references to fellow politicos and their accomplishments have captivated our younger generations, which question our claim to being the most powerful nation on the planet, because of our many failures on the diplomatic, military and national security fronts in recent years.

I predict he will remain among the front-runners throughout the primary debates.

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William F. Haffey, Massapequa

Donald "Braggadocio" Trump is the quintessential self-made man -- if that includes having had a wealthy father. He was born in 1946, son of real estate tycoon Fred Trump, and blessed with a posh youth of private schools and limitless security, plus an inheritance estimated between $40 million and $200 million. This "self-made man" was destined to succeed.

In 1974, his dad made him president of his organization at age 28. In the following 15 years, his father's firm and now Donald's grew. In 1980, it was made the son's completely as The Trump Organization. By 1990, he had so mismanaged the company that it nearly went bankrupt.

Nevertheless, he has garnered a following among those who enjoy listening to his bravado and imagining themselves as part of it.

Nicholas Zizelis, Bayside