Letter for Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Trump has many flaws personally and as president

Unfortunately, Mr. Yoder (guest opinion, TGI, Jan. 3, 2020 and Other Voices, Dec. 22, 2019), in his praise of President Trump, not only gushes the standard GOP talking points, but most importantly fails to mention this president’s total absence of any moral fiber and his countless lies to the American people.

Beginning with the now infamous Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” interview in 2005, to hush money paid to several women, to the evidence presented in and ultimate impeachment by the House of Representatives, this president’s character, by any yardstick is flawed, at best.

Is this president the role model, parents want for their children? This president is a failed businessman, who was not the choice of millions of voters, has the lowest approval ratings and who should be removed from office. Lies made, lies continued.

Michael Diamant, Kalaheo

27 Comments
  1. steve January 8, 2020 1:04 am Reply

    And for those that don’t think character matters anymore they’re about to find out—as Trump finds himself in the midst of a crisis with deadly global consequences, largely of his own making, from which he can neither buy nor fire his way out of. Unfortunately, so are the rest of us.


  2. Jake January 8, 2020 3:13 am Reply

    Your 4 sentence diatribe stated “lies” 3 times, yet you failed to list one. I believe sir, you need to look up the definition of a lie.


  3. therealhawaiian January 8, 2020 6:28 am Reply

    President Trump is accomplishing his promises in spite of haters doing stupid things. 1st President in our lifetime to be honest to me.


    1. George January 8, 2020 12:18 pm Reply

      “Iran Won’t Have Nuclear Weapons As Long As I Am US President”
      Donald Trump

      Or if he had left the existing agreement in place we would not be discussing this.


  4. Patrick Flores January 8, 2020 6:39 am Reply

    I disagree with Mr. Diammant’s commentary, the president is doing for the American what the career politicians have failed to do for too long. Donald Trump was not elected for the job of role model, he was elected to lead our nation in a manner required to restore sense to government. You can support and endorse who you want, but I for one call abortion, homosexuality, terrorism exactly what they are, wrong for ournation.
    Patrick Flores, Wailua Houselot


  5. Lawaibob January 8, 2020 6:40 am Reply

    Trump for Prison 2020
    McDonalds And Golf Again


  6. rk669 January 8, 2020 7:32 am Reply

    TDS,Continues! Get over it,You LOST!


  7. Mark Beeksma January 8, 2020 11:04 am Reply

    I agree that President Trump has not had good personal morality for much of his life. He was not raised well in that regard. His grandfather made his fortune in part by owning brothels near gold rushes.
    However, we need to be careful not to be like Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. People change. I have not seen any credible indications that Trump has cheated on his wife in recent years. Trump is subject to false accusations all the time. So, an accusation for something that occurred in recent years should be considered carefully.
    FDR had a mistress while president. JFK, LBJ, and Bill Clinton were serial adulterers while president.
    It seems that Trump has had far more moral integrity as a president than these four famous Democrat presidents. My guess is that Michael Diamant would be happy to re-elect any of these four Democrat presidents if they were running today. He is probably just making this argument to try to score political points.
    Whatever Michael’s opinions are, now that Trump is president, we can and should judge him by his conduct as president. Trump does exaggerate, but everyone seems to be aware of the fact that he is a life-long promoter. These accusations of hundreds of lies by Trump do not hold up under scrutiny.
    The most important measure of Trump is what he is doing for our country. He has done a wonderful job, in spite of all the opposition against him.


    1. manongindashadow0711 January 8, 2020 3:40 pm Reply

      “dtto you, Mark!”


  8. George January 8, 2020 11:40 am Reply

    The seven types of lies. This would support the claim of the letter writer. Also maybe google trump lies for further data.
    Error—a lie by mistake. The person believes they are being truthful, but what they are saying is not true.
    Omission – leaving out relevant information. Easier and least risky. It doesn’t involve inventing any stories. It is passive deception and less guilt is involved.
    Restructuring—distorting the context. Saying something in sarcasm, changing the characters, or the altering the scene.
    Denial—refusing to acknowledge a truth. The extent of denial can be quite large—they may be lying only to you just this one time or they may be lying to themselves.
    Minimization—reducing the effects of a mistake, a fault, or a judgment call.
    Exaggeration—representing as greater, better, more experienced, more successful.
    Fabrication—deliberately inventing a false story.


  9. notahippi January 8, 2020 12:46 pm Reply

    President Trump might not be a role model but neither were our other presidents especially Clinton and Obama.He shows great respect for his wife Trump has kept his promises and he truly loves America…… Trump for 2020……


  10. notahippi January 8, 2020 1:44 pm Reply

    And Clinton and Obama were goodie boy scouts? Trump has given up his posh life style because he loves and wants the best for America. He has kept all his promises. Trump 2020.


    1. George January 9, 2020 10:47 am Reply

      The subject is trump. The responses defending him are juvenile at best.

      Its like a bunch of elementary school students, rather than addressing the subject at hand by saying, ” well so and so did this.” Focus on the subject people. Not brain surgery.


      1. Mark Beeksma January 9, 2020 5:01 pm Reply

        George,
        I think you missed my point. We should judge presidents by what they do as presidents. This is more important than holding sins against them that they committed more than a decade ago. The point is that that Trump is not as bad as those four famous Democrat presidents. They committed adultery while being our president. The evidence suggests that Donald Trump did not commit adultery while he was president. Trump is not the same as them. He is far better.


        1. George January 10, 2020 2:43 am Reply

          No, you missed mine.


  11. onehapa January 8, 2020 8:09 pm Reply

    So, he’s only guilty of exaggeration and self promotion? A LIE IS STILL A LIE.


  12. Old Guy January 9, 2020 7:14 am Reply

    Documented Lies: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” ” If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”


  13. LTEreader January 9, 2020 8:31 am Reply

    “Trump has given up his posh life style because he loves and wants the best for America.”

    Say what??? He’s living in the White House and pays for nothing! He travels to Mar-a-Lago multiple times a month at OUR expense (an estimated 3.6 MILLION each and every weekend). He hasn’t “given up” anything, he’s stepped up into a world where he can spend with NO financial consequences to his wallet. Seriously > get some reality in your life!


  14. behappy January 9, 2020 2:05 pm Reply

    Harsh words for a president who has worked so hard to restore our economy. Beyond amused at his hypocritical accusers who spout hate and names usually ending in ist. Reflect upon your own Democratic leaders who are the head of your party and tell me they do mot lie or cheat to get their way. The House impeachment proceedings were a prime example. Yet you follow them hoping to rid our country of the liar! SMH!


  15. LTEreader January 9, 2020 6:58 pm Reply

    Hey Old Guy > I kept the same Dr., and I kept the same plan. Your point is what now?
    I was eventually hired for a position with employer sponsored insurance, but Obamacare was certainly appreciated when I was enrolled – with an affordable premium.

    And, while we’re on the topic of “Documented Lies” >>>
    How’s Trumps Health Care Insurance working out for you? You know the one that was so terrific he wouldn’t talk about it while campaigning. The terrific, terrific, plan that was going to reduce everyone’s premiums, everyone would qualify for, that everyone would love, blah blah blah. Yawn.


  16. JAMES January 10, 2020 8:10 am Reply

    People hated Obama because he is black. People hate Trump because he is a self-centered con-man who puts himself and his business interests before the Country and really has no clue as to what he is doing. Period.


  17. tooindependent January 10, 2020 5:33 pm Reply

    i can say with honesty the writer of this letter and just about every comment is something you have all read from the typical politically driven news media that you continually spuell from your mouths because you think it to be the truth. You are so deep in thinking only your party knows the truth, so you just continually run your mouths about what you truly don’t know if it’s true or not. I personally know the truth because of my news source. it took me 20 years to find it. That tells me the democratic party and the republican party do everything they can to get us to believe only what they want you to believe. This is reason enough to understand why our country is so divided. Most won’t believe what I’m saying, because they can’t and never will step out of their political boxes. it’s time for those who continue the way you do to stop embarrassing yourselves with the divided disrespect you show and learn the truth about everything going on in our lives and country.. ReadTheEpochTimes.com It’s time to finally learn the truth and end the division. This is a nonpartisan news source and only covers the stories themselves so there is no politically driven sources of facts or opinions, no whistle blowers, and no one making you look like the fools your political party wants you to look like and believe. I was most impressed to hear what they had to say about our President. those of you who continue with the disrespect will choke on what you have said if you were to know the truth. Read the EPOCH TIMES and stop the disrespectful division.


    1. George January 11, 2020 11:26 am Reply

      Found this in an article about the Epoch Times.
      “a 2019 report showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign.”

      So much for bias and obkectivity in reportin.


    2. Pete Antonson January 11, 2020 1:50 pm Reply

      May we please touch the hem of your garmet?


  18. George January 11, 2020 11:55 am Reply

    Apologies for the spelling errors. Here is another statement about Epoch.

    “The group’s news sites and YouTube channels are viewed by NBC News as spreading conspiracy theories such as QAnon and anti-vaccination propaganda.”

    Not unbiased? And it took 20 years to find this?

    Sounds like you were looking for a source to accommodate your own beliefs.

    I do watch BBC,FOX,PBS, CNN and network for news. Maybe you should look at ALL sources and then decide. Also fyi, I am an independent.


  19. LTEreader January 11, 2020 8:36 pm Reply

    “The Epoch Times is a multi-language newspaper founded in 2000 by John Tang and a group of Chinese Americans associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement. Though the newspaper is known for general interest topics with a focus on news about China and its human rights issues, it has become known for its support of U.S. President Donald Trump and favorable coverage of far-right politicians in Europe; a 2019 report showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign.”

    And, then we have this gem > Media Bias Fact Check:
    “Overall, we rate The Epoch Times borderline Questionable and Right Biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the right. We also rate them factually mixed due to the publication of pseudoscience, the promotion of pro-Trump propaganda and conspiracy theories.” https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-epoch-times/

    I can say with honestly > that I will believe a FACTual site much quicker than a Trump supporter who will attempt to slip (I wanted to say slither but am trying to be polite) in the door any way he/she can. You still want to talk about “embarrassing” oneself?


    1. tooindependent January 12, 2020 10:06 pm Reply

      “trying to be polite”…now that’s a step in the right direction however; I don’t appreciate the assumption of who you think I’am and that your info you received makes me a Trump supporter who will attempt to slither in the door any way I can. See the kind of crap people say when their so divided. all I said was read the paper yourself instead of listening to people who says different. if not wonderful happy new year enjoy the division


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