Letter: Donald Trump has sunk to a new low, yet again

August 4, 2016 GMT

To the Editor:

Just when you think he’s descended to a new low, Donald Trump has reached a moral bottom rarely achieved by a major party candidate in American presidential politics.

He’s sunk to a level far beyond the reach of any moral compass point, forever cementing his character as a repugnant, repulsive, reprehensible bigot. Before his recent attack on a Gold Star family whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, Trump already displayed the unthinkable by mocking a reporter with a disability. He’s called women pigs, and worse. He ramped up his diatribes by calling Mexicans killers and rapists. (Remember Trump speaking to CNN news anchor Don Lemon? “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don. I mean somebody’s doing it. Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”) He tried to undermine the federal judiciary by claiming, with no basis recognized under law, that a judge was unqualified to hear a lawsuit because of the judge’s Mexican heritage. (The judge, Gonzalo Curiel, proud son of Mexican immigrants, was born in Indiana.)

Now along comes Khizr Khan, father of a Muslim U.S. soldier slain in Iraq. Speaking last week, alongside his wife, Ghazala, about Trump and his proposed ban on Muslim immigration, Mr. Khan hit the nail on the head when he crystallized Trump’s character: “He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country…They [the world] have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.” A stunningly accurate description of the essence of Trump, yes? After two years of others failing to effectively stand up to this narcissistic bully, it took the proud parents of an American war hero to bare their souls before the American public and expose Trump as the vacuous charlatan he is.

Mr. Khan also keyed on two traits necessary in someone wishing to be a leader: first, a moral compass; second, empathy. Trump has demonstrated he lacks both. Khan, a lawyer, also remarked that Trump’s “policy, his practices, do not reflect that he has any understanding of the basic, fundamental constitutional principles of this country.” No kidding.

The only point where I differ with Mr. Khan is his offer to loan Trump his pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution. Trump clearly doesn’t know or care what it says (there are seven Articles, not twelve as Trump seems to think). Why would he bother to read it now?

Jim Pidduck