President Trump’s statements and unending, transparent dog-whistles on race, misogyny and xenophobia are well documented. A search for “Trump statements on race,” for example, offers weeks of reading, none appealing to our “better angels.”
To the contrary, a similar search for President Obama reveals quite a contrast. One example: “I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women; folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That’s what I see. That’s the America I know!”
I therefore write in strong opposition to Wayne Ford’s “Obama divided the nation, not Trump” (Counterpoint, Aug. 28). Mr. Ford’s “reasoning” included none of these facts. I fear that his — and others’ — continued contortions of fault-finding toward an honorable man, a great president, President Obama, must be found elsewhere.
W. Scott Parker III