Monday, April 2, 2018


April 2, 2018

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Tweet

I read your tweet about your reason for supporting Trump. You say: “He’s a leader that will protect us rather than let criminals and illegal aliens go to maraud around our neighborhoods.”

Like that Parkland teenager, I call bullshit. First of all, I don’t need this man’s protection, thank you very much. Besides, the image of criminals and (particularly) illegal aliens going around marauding neighborhoods it so wacky as to be beyond comment. The appeal to fear is one of Trump’s tried and tested tools to manipulate his base, but most of America does not buy into it. That’s simply not our experience of this country. And most illegal aliens are honest, hard-working people who do no one any harm and instead provide great benefit to our economy.

As for Trump “the leader…” Hogwash! The man can’t lead his own tail. He has squandered American leadership in the world. His leadership of his own party (yours!) has led it into serious discredit and disarray. His leadership of our country has succeeded only in deepening division and fostering hatred.

So please don’t try to tell me he’s a leader. I know that you persist in following him, but that is sadly to your own discredit. You can’t, surely, be you blind to his moral obtuseness and his turpitude? His administrative ineptitude? His contempt for everyone, excluding perhaps his family, but including those who follow him, as you do? He turns on all of them, eventually.

I say beware, Congressman. This man’s leadership is nothing to admire. It’s the leadership of a bully and a boor.


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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