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Trump is no Underwood

Comparing President Trump to fictional 'House of Cards' counterpart is insulting and disrespectful

For several weeks, I have been thinking I should drop my subscription to The Baltimore Sun, and tomorrow I may. In a very biased and disrespectful column by David Zurawik ("'House of Cards' Season 5 speaks to Trump's America for better and worse," May 25), two sentences compel me: "But the greatest pleasure for me during the first four seasons was in witnessing [fictional President Frank] Underwood's shocking acts of transgression. And after [President Donald] Trump, they just don't seem so shocking anymore." I was horrified by the disrespect shown for the office and the man; to be compared to a murderer, someone who ruins people's lives for his own gain, and commits other despicable acts against God, against people, and against our country.

Comparing "Underwood spitting in the face of a near life-size Christ" to the locker room chatter and laughter of two men thinking they are speaking privately is about as low as it goes. I am not affirming locker room talk or the debasing of women or men in any way, but Mr. Zurawik, like the rest of us, is fallible and probably has spoken about something or someone in a manner he regrets. However, I don't think he is throwing stones. He is just like all resisters, willing to turn anything President Trump says or does, even if it's making polices for the safety of our country or the strength of our economy, into something evil.

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The campaign is over. Let's stop turning real differences of political opinions into a free pass for disrespect and smear campaigns. Unless you live in a different world, Mr. Zurawik, you probably learned long ago that reasonable people can disagree without either side being a monster. I think you owe us and President Trump an apology.

Linda Harrison Heinold

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