A letter writer stated, “The cry of racism [against President Donald Trump] absent proof is an ad hominem attack” on the part of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic [“Liberal’s broad-brush dismissal of Trump,” Oct. 2].

Actually, in the Atlantic article cited by Newsday columnist Cathy Young, Coates presented the following evidence: Trump’s political career began in advocacy of birtherism. He fought to keep blacks out of his buildings, according to the U.S. government.

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He called for the death penalty for the eventually exonerated Central Park Five. He is quoted to have said, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it . . . . The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

After he and his fellow conspiracy theorists forced President Barack Obama to present his birth certificate, Trump demanded the president’s college grades and offered $5 million in exchange for them, insisting that Obama was not intelligent enough to have gone to an Ivy League school.

You may try to argue that the above is not conclusive evidence, but evidence it is.

Gerry Dantone, Coram