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Two letters to the editor that broke my heart

During his stunning post-summit news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump was asked whether he believes Putin, who again denied Russian interference in the 2016 election, or his own intelligence officials, who unanimously say Russia did intervene for Trump. Trump replied by criticizing the FBI’s probe of Democrats and said, “I don’t see any reason why” Russia would interfere.

Some 53 million citizens voted for Donald Trump with the assistance of Russian hackers. It can be assumed that some of them bought Mr. Trump’s snake oil thinking that it would provide succor to whatever was ailing them. The coal miners, I guess, really believed he was the answer to providing them with jobs. Actually, he was the answer to the elite, as during his reign income inequality is going off the charts. And the poor are even poorer.

Yet some of his acolytes, rather than gloating, are writing letters of complaint to The Baltimore Sun. The latest two broke my heart. In the first, “Paying for diapers another handout for the poor” (Jan. 15), the letter writer is upset that “someone is advocating for free diapers.” He trots out the usual blather — socialism, staying home making babies and the growing welfare state. It puzzles me very much that the wealthy who rip off the system and do so by buying members of Congress escaped the letter writer’s wrath.

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The second letter, “Without Trump, what would The Sun write about?” (Jan. 15), suggests that The Sun should ignore all of the convictions and indictments of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The president said he was going to drain the swamp. Actually, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III seems to be cleaning out Mr. Trump’s swamp. I would think that is newsworthy.

I couldn’t miss the levity in this letter. The writer indicated that President Trump will be in office for six more years. The only possible way that could happen is if the office was a jail cell.

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Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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