Voice Letters: Readers Give Their Two Cents on Donald Trump
Close-up detail of the January 6, 2016, cover of the Village Voice. (Click here to see full cover.)
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Donald Trump appears to be relishing his remembrance of the days of Hitler and Mussolini ["Donald Trump and the Joys of Toy Fascism," Voice, Jan. 6]. Chances are he dresses up in the appropriate uniforms at the end of a busy and tiring day of ranting, bellowing, belching fire. Gee, a guy that busy deserves a break to unwind, dress up, look in the mirror, practice his "Sieg heil!" salute, and listen to the chancellor's speeches on the gramophone (if you're going to be nostalgic, why not go all the way?).
— Aaron Fowlkes, via Facebook
Making 'The Donald'
Donald Trump is dangerous. But I want to know more about his staff! Who keeps him organized, who chooses his events, his wardrobe, his "policy positions," such as they are? Someone must be running Donald. He isn't doing it all by himself. It might be good to know. It might even take some of the bloom off the rose.
— David Taylor, via Facebook
I've thought that The Donald's shtick was like Mussolini, but this adds the other half: Hefner without the brains and graciousness. It's unlikely the nation that twice elected Obama would do so for Trump, but with Hillary hatred on the right and disgust with her on the left, who knows how the vote would go today, which is as far as anyone can reasonably look.
— Rita Wilmers, via Facebook
Trump's Purty Little Mouth?
One difference I may have with this piece, Mr. Truscott IV, is your comment on Mr. Trump's "little mouth"; would that it were so, as it might then explain the words of little value that emit from that maw, which may be a product of a little brain. Regrettably, I am more inclined to see Mr. Trump as a bigmouth espousing a political philosophy that, also regrettably, is targeted to an audience that laps it right up, much like the legions that are believers in the artificial reality shows that pander to them as fodder for their tiny lives. Alas, Mr. Trump seems to be somehow "trumping" his fellow candidates at the moment, they being the shallow ranks of the reluctant Republicans. Mr. Trump decries a true patriot such as Senator John McCain, who comes from a long line of family that has served its country well and proudly. Yet I am unable to visualize, try as I might, Mr. Trump serving five years in the Hanoi Hilton and enduring the tribulations and pain that Senator McCain did and then coming back and continuing to serve his country. Long live our democracy! Words well written, Mr. Truscott.
— Frederic W. Browne, via Facebook
Someone Finally Said It
I appreciate Ikiesha Al-Shabazz Whittaker's voice and her knowledge being shared ["Fuck America: A Former Manhattan Prosecutor Sounds Off on Tamir Rice Case in Explosive Video Rant," Voice, Jan. 6]. She's one of the 7 percent who are willing to give something up to make change. Her passion in the video when it came to her son brought me to tears, because what's happening is nothing short of trauma to every beige, brown, and black person in this country. I also want to live in an America where we are all treated as equals.
— Carolyn Battle-Cochrane, via Facebook
The R-Rated Role Model
I admire Ikiesha Al-Shabazz Whittaker's courage and tenacity. She's smart, real, and a purveyor of truth — that resonates with people.
— Timothy R. Thatcher, via Facebook
List of Demands
It's time for the parents of the slain sons and daughters to come together and speak out as one voice for change. First, the secret grand jury system must go. What replaces it must have input from the victim side. Second, cops must be required to give a report, written and videotaped, within 24 hours of any incident involving gun discharge or death. Third, with respect to the current system of a prosecutor having a 99.999 percent record of a "true bill" when a cop is not the defendant and a 0.001 percent record when a cop is the defendant: The prosecutor should NOT handle the case when a cop is the defendant. It should be handled by a civilian lawyer or law firm — preferably a nonprofit. Special prosecutors are going to be bought and paid for, so a civilian lawyer must be included in the special prosecutor side when a cop is involved. Fourth, cops should be blood-tested after any struggle or altercation and surely after any shooting. Last, it should be required that a jury be made up of at least 30 percent equal race of both victim and defendant.
— Henry Goodson, via Facebook
The Voice encourages readers to reach out and weigh in from our website, on social media, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters are edited for length, accuracy, and clarity.
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