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Trump’s fear talk may be warranted

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.


The editorial “Trump wants us to be very afraid” [July 22] was critical of Donald Trump as being “manipulative and dark” and appealing “to our worst angels.” I believe he was saying he would promote law and order and be proactive in ending crime and terrorism.

As I read the editorial, a report on TV described yet another terrorist attack. A gunman at a Munich shopping mall killed nine civilians, and later himself. This is in addition to all of the other terror attacks, and the killings of police officers in many incidents that were described at the Republican National Convention.

Your editorial reminds me of the saying, if you can keep your head while everyone else is losing theirs, you just don’t understand the problem.

Len Mansky, Roslyn


Did anyone else notice that in his nomination acceptance speech, Donald Trump didn’t mention working with Congress or reaching across the aisle [“Trump vows to fix America,” News, July 22]? Does he understand how the American constitutional government works?

His whole thrust was to scare people, to make us fear “fear itself.”

I’m a retired teacher of American history. I used to wonder how Adolf Hitler got so many decent Germans to follow his horrible path of death and destruction. Watching Trump, I see the way that leads to totalitarian rule, and listening to him, I hear the sound of that happening again.

You may not like Hillary Clinton. You may think she is not trustworthy and that she’s been around too long. But she does know the law, she knows history and she knows the commitments of this nation to other nations. She knows that the executive branch must work with the other two branches of government to achieve goals that benefit the nation’s people.

Trump? He has not demonstrated that awareness or knowledge.

Laura L. Lustbader, Huntington Station


Are the American people as fearful and angry as Newsday’s editorial says the Trump speech was?

That’s right, we’re angry! We’re angry at the state of affairs in this great country of ours. We’re angry at the Obama administration for what it has done to this country and what Hillary Clinton will do if she is able to carry on the liberal policies of President Barack Obama.

I’m angry that Clinton is embroiled in scandal after scandal that I believe would send any other person to jail, yet because of her position and influence she’s given a pass. And I’m angry that Bill Clinton had the audacity to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Yes, we are fearful and angry for what this country would be like under the leadership of Hillary Clinton.

Everett Mann, Miller Place


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