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Who is Donald Trump to call anyone else a liar, let alone a 'slimeball?'

I dislike using a hackneyed expression but it truly is "the height of hypocrisy" for President Donald Trump, who is known for his endless stream of unsubstantiated claims, to call former FBI Director James B. Comey or anyone else a "liar" and a "slimeball" ("Trump v. Comey media war opens with a bang on ABC," April 15).

It was President Trump, after all, who said that climate change was a "Chinese hoax," that Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States and therefore was an illegitimate president, that Muslims in New Jersey cheered when the Twin Towers came down in 2001, that Hillary Clinton is "crooked" and should be locked up (forget due process — Mr. Tump decides who's guilty and who isn't), or that crowds at President Trump's inauguration were bigger than at President Obama's.

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Then there was his claim that 3 million people voted illegally, that Mr. Trump's was the biggest Electoral College victory since Ronald Reagan and that all news is "fake" except for that of which he approves, that every media source that criticizes him is "failing" (meanwhile, the New York Times just won more Pulitzers for journalism). Mr. Trump's former communications director, Hope Hicks, admitted at a congressional hearing that one of her jobs was to tell "white lies" for the president. There's also the matter of the thrice-married billionaire facing accusations from numerous women including his first wife of sexual abuse.

Paul Totaro, Baltimore

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