Strong differing opinions

Neil Godbout, you wrote (on Aug. 16, 2017, after Charlottesville):

"This is not a matter of free speech or two sides to the story or it's complicated.

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"These are the words of a stupid, arrogant man, utterly ignorant of the history of his country, ignorant of slavery, the Civil War, the Confederacy, segregation, lynchings, the Ku Klux Klan, civil rights, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Rodney King, Trayvon Martin and all the rest.

"He is so mired in his narcissism that he fails to see the comfort and encouragement he brings to a group of Americans who don't believe in equality, don't believe in the rule of law, don't believe in democracy, don't believe in science, don't believe in history and don't believe in the love and decency encouraged by every major world religion.

As the president of his country, Trump is saying people who believe in racial purity, in dictators, in fascism and in murder and genocide need to be heard and treated with respect.

"To stand with him now is to stand with the Nazis. To say Trump deserves a chance or he's still new to this politics thing is to make excuses for his stupidity, his ignorance and his racism, to treat an adult man as if he were a child in the playground, to refuse to hold him responsible for the power his office and his words command.

"Furthermore, not to speak out is to quietly condone his words, to remain silent in the face of injustice. Canadians and all citizens of the world should be equally outraged by Trump. Racism and intolerance need no passport to cross borders.

"For the racists and intolerant bigots in Canada and throughout the world, Trump has validated their warped worldview.

"That validation makes him undeserving of respect, both as a man and as a leader. He has earned those badge - stupid, ignorant, racist, sexist, liar - all on his own. To refuse to challenge him and any of his defenders is to accept their righteousness and their racism.

"That can not, must not, stand."

Neil you have performed a great injustice to your readers if you still maintain this stance. Care to inform your readership of where you stand today in light of the latest revelations?

Tom Moore

Prince George

Editor's Note: Hi, Tom. Thanks for your letter. I wouldn't change a word from that editorial. What part of the (redacted) Mueller report should I be looking at that should make me think otherwise? - Neil

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