Comparisons to Trump insult New Yorkers
To the editor:
Although Alan Chartock's portrayal of Mr. Trump's questionable and undesirable character is on point (Eagle, Jan. 9), I am deeply offended by his attribution of Trumps's plethora of obnoxious behaviors and bigoted beliefs to that of being a New Yorker.
I generally enjoy reading Mr. Chartock's thought-provoking and often humorous comments, but stating "New Yorkers like brash characters — like Trump" is pure trash. Please.
As a former Manhattanite who is familiar with the lifestyles and character of the citizens of the surrounding New York communities of Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, do not make a prejudicial statement such as "New Yorkers often worship success." Furthermore, labeling New Yorkers as possessing similar character to a man who has bigoted thinking, dictator-like public tantrums and insults, and feels he is superior because of his bank account is simply disturbing on so many levels.
Charismatic Trump? Hardly the adjective I would choose, and hardly the rhetoric I would expect from a regular contributor to The Berkshire Eagle. What a disappointment.