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Szeliga's half-hearted stand

One of the first lessons I learned as a child was based off of Maya Angelou's quote: "When people show you who they are, believe them the first time." I am preparing to vote in my first federal election this year, and candidates are showing us exactly who they are, and I do not need to be shown more than once.

Del. Kathy Szeliga is trying to tiptoe around her party's presidential nominee, and it's not working. Maryland voters understand when a candidate is playing both sides of an issue instead of standing for what he or she believes ("Kathy Szeliga says Trump statements on Judge Gonazlo Curiel are 'insulting,'" June 6).

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Delegate Szeliga simply cannot disavow Donald Trump one day and still support his candidacy the next. Mr. Trump regularly makes inflammatory and bigoted remarks, yet she still believes he is fit to be our commander-in-chief. He proposes one destructive and draconian policy after another, yet she still believes he should be leader of the free world.

Ms. Szeliga's response to Mr. Trump's comments on Judge Curiel's race was nothing more than an attempt to sound principled while failing to take a real stand. She shouldn't need more time to mull over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's comments and tone. If there is one person who has shown us his true colors already it is Donald Trump, whether he tries to change or not.

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Like so many Republican candidates, Ms. Szeliga is doing what Americans hate about politicians — trying to have it both ways and putting politics before principles. If she truly believed that Mr. Trump's comments are as racist and insulting as she asserts, then she wouldn't support his candidacy.

Cody Dorsey, St. Mary's City


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