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Reader's view: With Trump we do not have a leader

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the country was in deep pain and disbelief, President Dwight D. Eisenhower came forward to unite the country and said, "We are first Americans, we are second Republicans and Democrats."

We need a president who instills unification, not one who instills fear and hate.

We now have a president who creates his own reality and divides and instills hate and fear. President Donald Trump is not a leader.

He seems oblivious why some act on that fear and hate and vandalize cemeteries. Or shoot dark-skinned people, telling them, “Get out of my country." He brings out the worst in Americans. He is not a leader.

He lies directly or denies what was said. He’s not an honest person.

Every day, it seems, brings another manufactured crisis. He now contends President Barack Obama had Trump Towers wiretapped even though that could not have happened without a court order, and President Obama's character would not allow him to mention “the Russian connection" before the election, so as not to influence the outcome. FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to reject Trump’s accusation, and James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, said, “There was no court order."

Trump’s contentions and behavior don’t seem to be those of a normal, sane individual. He’s not a leader.

Every day Americans wake up wondering what catastrophe is at hand.

Unproven claims provide smoke to cover up and distractions to lead the press and Americans away from facts and the connections of his cabinet, former aides and family to Russia.

Trump seems to be using the presidency for whatever it can do for him, not for what he could do for his country.

I fear we’re being destroyed from within.

We do not have a leader.

Mabel Galvin