Although I'd have some serious reservations about supporting Donald Trump for president, casting this easy target as a hatemonger is way over the top ["Trump pacts with city reconsidered," News, July 2].

One is reminded of the aphorism, how much easier it is to be critical than correct.

As reported in Newsday, Trump Organization executive vice president Ronald C. Lieberman said the company employs thousands of Mexican workers, and that his boss' comments about immigration were taken out of context.

It may have been a poor choice of words. A much more accurate glimpse into the man's true character is probably revealed in the opening chapter of Trump's 2010 book, "Think Like a Champion." He wrote of Barack Obama becoming president, "What he has done is amazing . . . The world is excited about Barack Obama and the new United States. Let's keep it that way." This from a Republican!

Fred Barnett, Lake Grove

Donald Trump feels that immigrants are a major source of crime. Right or wrong, he is entitled to his opinion.

There aren't many people like Trump. He's living in a sophisticated world. He made a lot of money and should consider himself lucky. As a politician, he brings ideas that others might be afraid of, and he also brings incredible humor.

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I would not ban him from TV. He brings to the forefront what free speech is about. We do not have to buy into what he says, but the element of truth might be the thing people are afraid to say. I'm a citizen and listen to what people say, scary or otherwise.

Let the man speak. Intelligent people have a right to listen and make their own choices.

Julie L. Newman, West Babylon

If a movie featured a conservative blow-hard saying the things Donald Trump has, Fox News and every other right-wing outlet would cite the fictional characterization as another blatant example of Hollywood's liberal bias in depicting conservatives as buffoons.

Jim Morgo, Bayport

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Editor's note: The writer has worked in Democratic and Republican administrations on Long Island.