Newsday’s Dec. 7 editorial “Feds should pay for Trump cops” didn’t go far enough.

Congress should not only appropriate money for the president-elect’s security, it should also fund the increased cost of dealing with hate crimes.

Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric gave license to many to express ugly thoughts and take ugly actions. In Manhattan, a uniformed transit agent who is Muslim was pushed down stairs and called a “ terrorist.” A Brooklyn man threatened to cut the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Swastikas appeared throughout the region.

Friends who build homes tell me that they’re hearing racially laced opposition to workforce housing they hadn’t heard for decades. Neo-fascist groups have been spewing hate for decades. Now their bigotry is becoming mainstream.

Surely many decent, moral, patriotic Americans voted for Trump. It’s been said that they didn’t take his words literally. The increase in hate crimes — up 35 percent in New York City alone this year — indicates that some did, and Washington should pay for the ugly results.

Jim Morgo, Bayport

 

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I’ve read several letters in Newsday critical of President-elect Donald Trump [“Donald Trump keeps the nation guessing,” Dec. 5]. Letter writers claimed that Trump has no regard for the truth and is unethical. They suggest that he’s unfit for the office.

Trump is no paragon of morality or ethics, but what about the alternative candidate? Hillary Clinton was one of the most scandal-ridden candidates to ever run for president.

Another writer bemoaned the existence of the Electoral College [“Electoral College discourages voters,” Dec. 6]. Do we want populous states like California to dictate to the rest of the union who the president will be?

Trump might be far from perfect, and the system might not be perfect, but after eight years of President Barack Obama, Americans wanted a change in direction. Let’s wait until 2017 before we start throwing stones.

Chris Lindsley, Oceanside