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Letter: Trump’s dangerous demagoguery

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: AP

Donald Trump’s reckless statements and behavior places America and the world at risk [“Trump reckless on Russia,” Editorial, July 28]. I’m a native Long Islander who lives in Europe and writes and lectures about modern history. Over the past few months, I’ve watched aghast as Trump has threatened mass deportation, called for an immigration ban, threatened to nullify international treaties, and called for Russia to assist in hacking government records.

Besides declaring his belief in broad and sweeping nationalistic reforms, Trump also has specifically targeted Mexicans here illegally, Muslims, women, war veterans, disabled people, journalists and judges. In the past, this absurdity would banish one from mainstream American politics. Inexplicably, Trump has been praised and welcomed by millions.

The Republican Party has placed America at risk by nominating a dangerous demagogue with absolutely no idea of America’s role in the world. The international community has not faced such danger since the 1930s and 1940s when Fascism and Nazism spoiled the minds, beliefs, morality and lives of so many.

Gavin Wilk, Huntington