Trump candidacy has already harmed nation
To the editor:
The disaster the Donald Trump candidacy poses to the Republican Party has been well documented. It is unprecedented for a Republican presidential candidate to be avoided by prior presidents, presidential candidates, and the most prominent politicians of his own party.
Similarly, the potential danger posed by a Trump presidency has been amply documented.
Most recently, the ghost writer who authored his book has said that Trump "has no attention span. ... It's impossible to keep him focused on any topic other than his own self-aggrandizement for more than a few minutes. ... If he had to be briefed in the situation room, it's impossible to imagine him paying attention for a long period of time. ... That's why he prefers TV as his first news source — information comes in easily digestible sound bites" (New Yorker, Page 22, July 25). If "he gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility that it will lead to the end of civilization" (Page 21).
Less comment has been devoted to the perhaps permanent coarsening of the future political dialogue of the country. To have a candidate for the presidency verbally abuse women, disabled people, and various minorities in the crudest terms, and call opponents of either party vulgar names even adolescents would blush at, is a stain on the body politic that will be difficult to erase. Now candidates for public office at all levels will feel no compunctions to act similarly in future elections.
I hope this great nation can overcome the disastrous consequences of Adolf Trump's candidacy.
Sigmund Tobias, Pittsfield