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Reader's View: What if we all acted like Trump?

At a Mississippi political rally, President Donald Trump again revealed his true self by changing his positive public comments regarding a traumatized, allegedly sexually harassed victim to openly mocking and belittling her ("Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford," Oct. 2). Never in the history of the U.S. presidency had the dignity of the office reached such a low.

And it was not the first time Trump used his office to shame America in the eyes of the world.

How irate would a parent be if teachers or principals publicly and continuously belittled the children in their charge? Cries for dismissal would resound immediately throughout the district. Yet we have a president whose actions and words parallel this very behavior with little admonishment from his party leaders. What lessons are we teaching our young?

How understanding would a congregation be if the pastor berated the choir director during a sermon? Would the response be one of approval, as long as the choir sang in unison? Could be, because we have witnessed Trump followers cheer many of his disparaging moments of outrage.

How long would you remain at a bank that greeted customers with, "Well, I see Low Life is here again?" It probably would spike piggy bank and-or mattress sales.

How long before a defense attorney would file for a mistrial if the judge opened a court trial with a prejudicial statement regarding the defendant?

Enough is enough. In that our Republican-held congress refuses to initiate oversight responsibilities, we must reverse the control of both the House and Senate in the election. No longer should the American electorate tolerate abusive behavior, as demonstrated by our president.

We do this by electing Independents, Green Party members, or Democrats — and not Republicans who have vacated their responsibilities.

This is not a political-difference question; it is a common-decency problem.

Burleigh K. Rapp