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Acceptance has set in

THERESA REMACLE

Altoona

There have been many letters to the editor regarding Democrats’ inability to accept that Donald Trump won the presidency.

People say that Democrats need to “get over it.”

Believe me, acceptance has set in, along with disbelief that people still defend him, regardless of his words or actions.

It’s not that we oppose Trump as a Republican, as our president.

Rather, it’s that we despise him as a human being, as our president.

I know right from wrong, regardless of political affiliation.

Having a sexual relationship with a young intern is wrong.

Separating children from their parents is wrong.

Cheating on one’s spouse is wrong.

I taught first grade for many years, and the behavior that our president displays is the exact same behavior that I tried to teach my students was wrong.

You don’t need to resort to insults or name-calling to get your point across. The most frightening aspect of Trump’s presidency, for those of us who “can’t get over it,” is that many of his supporters refuse to call him out on words and behaviors that certainly are not representative of how the President of the United States should act, let alone a decent human being.

His abhorrent words and behaviors toward women, minorities, people with disabilities, children, the press, etc., are not reflective of what most of Americans believe, regardless of political affiliation.

Calling out the president on behavior that you know to be wrong does not mean that you don’t agree with his policies, or are not glad that he is the president.

You can agree with policy but not personal behavior. Blind loyalty to someone encourages people to defend others who say and do those things that they know are wrong, which may lead to normalization of those words and behaviors, and eventually, the mirroring of those words and behaviors, which is a frightening thought. Is that really a society in which we wish to live?

As a Democrat, I can say that Trump has done some things that I agree with, even if I abhor him as a human being. I believe that people on both sides have more in common than the press would allow us to believe, even many commonalities regarding politics.

Please let us remember that most of us are decent people who have more in common than our differences. Finger-pointing, name-calling, us vs. them, weakens us as a country. Can we, on both sides, remember what our parents taught us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?”

Perhaps this is a lesson our president should have been taught.

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