Trump choosing people who will do tough job
To the editor:
Perhaps it is just my perverse sense of humor, but I could not help but be amused by Nat and Nick Hentoff's scathing diatribe on the April 27 op-ed page denigrating Donald Trump's selection of Paul Manafort to oversee management of his presidential candidate.
The authors find Manafort unsuited for such a lofty position on the grounds that he "made a fortune representing some of the worst people in the world during his four-decade career as a Washington, D.C. fixer and lobbyist." Manafort has indeed represented many sordid characters over his career. That begin said, Trump has the support he has because people believe that Washington is broken and he is just the person to bring in the right people to fix it.
Furthermore, Trump has said that he would seek the "highest-caliber talent" for his administration to insure that the job is done. Just as Trump has not allowed political correctness to inhibit his speech, he appears willing to be the object of criticism, as in that column, in selecting the best person in his opinion to get the job accomplished.
You may not want Manafort to be your son-in-law but if he manages to secure Trump the nomination, that is what counts. America wants its government to function again and appears to be willing to sacrifice some degree of political correctness in pursuit of that goal.
The last sentence of the article in which the writers ask "Will Trump's appointees be channeling the spirit of Abraham Lincoln or Gordon Gekko?" was the clincher. Might I remind The Eagle's readership that Abraham Lincoln, when admonished by his advisers for selecting the battle-winning Ulysses S. Grant commander of the armies even though he was a reputed drunkard and reprobate, responded by telling them to find out what Grant was drinking and to send a case of it to each of his other generals!
Lincoln wanted the job done and so does Trump. Both are willing to do what is necessary to accomplish it. America needed it then and needs it now.
Laszlo Melchiori, North Adams