Columnist William F.B. O’Reilly explains his disdain for Donald Trump as his reason for leaving the Republican Party [“I can’t be a Republican anymore,” Opinion, May 5]. O’Reilly congratulates Trump for making history and pulling off an extraordinary feat. But O’Reilly misses the mark: For the first time, people have rejected the party pick and have spoken.
When did our democracy become for the party by the party? Wasn’t our government supposed to be by the people, for the people? And what does the Republican Party or the Democratic Party really stand for anymore? It seems that both parties lie in the same bed together, and the corruption is equal on both sides.
Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont
During this presidential campaign, we’ve witnessed the Republican Party trying to derail Donald Trump. We’ve heard all sorts of reasons why Trump could never survive, yet here he is.
I still don’t believe the Republican Party understands Trump’s rise. If the party had connected more with constituents over the years, members would have realized that it’s not that we love Trump, but that we have disdain, mistrust and dislike of our politicians.
This is the middle class letting the GOP know that we are tired of being taxed out of our homes and communities. We are tired of having to watch our children move away because they cannot afford to stay here. The cost of living rose dramatically, and our infrastructure crumbled, while our politicians were busy giving their cronies jobs at our expense, worrying about their re-elections and meeting with lobbyists.
John Natale, Long Beach
I am so grateful to William F.B. O’Reilly; I don’t feel that alone anymore. It’s impossible for me to vote in good conscience for Donald Trump. His utter lack of judgment, his inability to control his mouth, and the disrespect that he has shown to women, in particular, are appalling. To think that he might have to deal with volatile situations as president fills me with dread. Up to this point, he has not shown the requisite strength of character to do this.
However, I also could never support Hillary Clinton, and so my own personal solution is to write in a name on the ballot. I must be at peace with my vote.
Nancy Giglio, Hampton Bays
William F.B. O’Reilly cannot see that his party is broken. Donald Trump is shaking things up, and that needs to be done. The Republican Party has done nothing in the last two years to help the American people. We little people have nothing to lose by voting for Trump.
Barry Smith, Watermill
I would like to thank William F.B. O’Reilly for his column, and not just because I agree with his assessment of Donald Trump (I’m a devout Democrat). O’Reilly has shown great integrity and courage by openly stating and standing by his convictions.
I can appreciate his pain and disappointment at the demise of the party of Abraham Lincoln. I share O’Reilly’s concern for the future of our country. There must be a better solution to our problems than Trump.
Irene Majcher, East Meadow
William F.B. O’Reilly is frustrated at the prospect of Donald Trump being the vessel of our hopes for stopping our country’s march down the road taken by Greece, Spain, Italy, et al. This march would become a sprint under President Hillary Clinton.
Yet, as a consultant to Republican politicians, O’Reilly is as much to blame for Trump as anyone. American voters have given the GOP substantial political power since the early days of President Barack Obama when, having Congress and the White House, we learned how out of sync Democrats were with the values and policies that could produce positive results. The power we gave the GOP was wasted.
There is talent in the Republican Party. We fielded an impressive group of candidates. We just needed someone to effectively project our vision of a government that encourages entrepreneurship, individual success and opportunity — a message that could resonate with all groups of voters. The GOP leadership, along with its consultants, either doesn’t believe this or doesn’t understand it.
Chris Dillon, Centerport