To the editor:
Your opinion page double play on Jan. 25 thumping U.S. President Donald Trump sure super-charged my own dismay that our southern neighbour so glaringly fumbled in scoring for Trump after voting two four-year terms to their first African-American president, Barack Obama. Dopey voters and a crazy turnaround, I thought, and this comes from a former American who had served two years in the U.S. Army and was a newspaper journalist who immigrated to Canada in 1964 with his late Canadian wife and seven years later became a citizen in what I feel is the world’s greatest country.
Reinforcing and abutting the words was an editorial cartoon showing an angry-faced woman holding a Women’s March sign and blowing the Trump character onto the ground.
That cartoon strongly reinforced the “incredible” sight of roughly 600 women, men, and children in Kelowna standing together Jan. 21 as (one of) the single largest protests ever in Kelowna.
As for your words that Trump’s reaction to the estimated crowd sizes during the global women’s marches, that was “just the latest example of Trump’s thin skin when it comes to criticism or disagreement.”
From this retired journalists reading and TV observations, Trump has a monstrously huge ego, virtually unmatched worldwide. This so-called national leader behaves like a spoiled child who believes the world revolves around him alone.
Trump is out of whack with that ancient Roman philosopher Cicero’s urging of “the higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk”
Remember, though, our southern neighbours elected him and probably will bear the consequences perhaps even more than us.
Heaven help the Americans —and Trump.
Wally Dennison, Kelowna