Letter to the editor: Trump’s bigotry


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My son and daughter-in-law instruct farmers worldwide in sustainable agriculture. They’ve worked in Muslim countries without incident for more than 10 years. But now they fear for their safety if Donald Trump is elected president.

Even before Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, ISIS recruited terrorists using videos featuring Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the U.S. – and if elected, terrorist recruitment featuring his bigotry will be even more effective.

Such Trump-inspired terrorist recruitment tactics can be just as effective inside as outside the U.S. Radicalization can occur anywhere and U.S. residents are closest to Trump’s bigotry.

Germany has admitted more than a million refugees recently and Canada, whose population is one-tenth the U.S., has admitted 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Spokane native and longtime US Middle East ambassador Ryan Crocker told The Wall Street Journal in November 2015 that our “vetting system is strong” and advises accepting 100,000 Syrians.

Just preceding Obama’s presidency, Republican leadership, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, decided for political gain to obstruct every Obama policy, even if previously Republican proposed (e.g., Obamacare, Mitt Romney; Immigration, Ronald Reagan).

Republicans have only themselves to blame for Congressional dysfunction that created Trump, who many Republicans, including McMorris Rodgers, hypocritically support while claiming to oppose his histrionic bigotry.