Letter to the editor: Gerson misses mark

To the editor:

Michael Gerson’s plea that we not base our politics on one issue uses abortion as his example (Sept. 21 Journal-World). “Many on the right justify support for Trump because his corruption and dehumanization are less important than saving lives from abortion.” He then equates the left’s attacks on Justice Brett Kavanaugh with similar moral corruption. That mocks the logic Gerson attempts to establish. Those on the left are not excusing the bankrupt profaning of every claim to equality and unity that Trump and his supporters attack. The left isn’t championing sexism and misogyny. Remember the 2016 RNC slogans? “Trump vs. Tramp.” “Life’s a (expletive), don’t vote for one.” The left doesn’t love invective. “Crooked Hillary.” Or support for racism. The judge who was supposedly prejudiced against him because “He’s a Mexican”? Or that his company was sued twice by the Justice Department for refusing to rent to blacks? And his claim that laziness was a trait in blacks? Or stoke fear of immigrants who’ll take our jobs and are gang members? Or religious prejudice with threats to our Muslim neighbors? That it was “obvious to everybody” that Islam was only interested in Jihad and had “no sense of reason or respect for human life”? Or Donald Trump’s fantasy that Barack Obama was secretly a Muslim?

Some of Trump’s support stems from racist and sexist beliefs. His speeches have encouraged some to engage in racist behaviors. He exploits listeners with ambitious violence and skill. The foes of abortion have some unsavory moral monsters among their supporters.

Stu Nowlin,

Lawrence

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