When President Trump said, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he was not referring to migrants on the southern border.  He was referring to four duly and fairly elected senators of the United States.  Three of these senators were born in the USA and the fourth is a naturalized citizen.

 Then Trump states that people are angry at their horrible and disgusting actions and wants an apology to the country and the office of the president for what he calls their foul language and the terrible things they have said.  Trump, however, evidently thinks it is okay for him to castigate, demonize, belittle and bully fellow Americans at will because they disagree with him.  We don’t see him apologizing.  His fellow conservatives do not speak up forcefully.  Do they think the ends justify the appalling means?

The majority of Americans disagree with spending billions of dollars on a wall.  The majority of Americans disagree with the abhorrent conditions in the southern migrant camps and the Trump policy of separating migrant families at the border. 

Trump castigates the majority of Americans that disagree with him on a regular basis.  Disagreement is an American right and an important function in our democratic society.  It is called free speech, protected by the First Amendment.  It seems to me that Trump hates the majority of Americans and the America of today.  If Trump is not happy here, maybe he should leave.  I am sure Mr. Putin, Mr. Kim Jong Un or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would welcome him with open arms. 
Glen Phillips

I am replying to Rich Miller’s article, “What happens when you cross your own party?” (July 18). 
State Representative Chris Miller (R-Oakland) is a courageous man. He knows the Republican swamp needs to be drained of career politicians like Jim Durkin. Representatives Miller, Darren Bailey (R-Xenia), Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) and Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) – all freshmen – are a real breath of fresh air. They remind us of what it looks like when a representative is working for their constituents and not for themselves.
I find it interesting that Chris Miller is a third-generation cattle farmer. This is what I learned about the traits of a successful cattle farmer from reading Capital Press:  those traits include passion, a positive attitude, the ability to handle adversity and gut instinct. Successful producers also embrace change and maintain a can-do attitude. When problems arise, they come up with solutions instead of excuses.

Sounds like we need to elect more cattle farmers to the Illinois General Assembly and fewer career politicians like Jim Durkin, Sue Rezin, Tim Butler and Bill Brady.
Rosanna Pulido

So, it is Monday and a beautiful morning to catch up on my reading. I read Joseph Craig’s suggestion to name a sewer after President Trump (“Letters to the editor,” July 18). Maybe this is supposed to be clever or just appeasing one’s political base. I found it repugnant.

Isn’t this type of thought process and lack of any respect or tact one of our country’s main problems? Is it the goal of Illinois Times to further fuel this lack of decorum? Never in my adult life have I wished any president of the United States to fail. Never have I felt any president wasn’t duly elected. Printing this letter is encouraging the divisions. Shame on you.
Shirley Eck

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