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And still more cases of bigotry & bullying since Trump's election

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, David Yankovich tweeted,"We hate Donald Trump like you hated President Obama. However, we hate Trump because he is racist, you hated Obama because you are racist."

Love him or hate him, Herr Trumpf campaigned on xenophobia, bigotry, our divisions, and hate and that is what Democrats and progressives should expect. There will be no coming together behind this bigot who started his cabinet with Bannon, a white supremacist; Sessions, a civil rights hating racist; and General Flynn, a warmongering Islamophobe. The swamp is being filled with even more vipers and the Year of Broken Glass continues. In Delaware a white man began yelling ethnic slurs and pulled up his jacket to reveal his gun as two Muslim women pulled into a parking lot. "You heard me. Go back to where you belong. Go back to Africa. If you didn't hear me, let me come closer," he said while walking quickly toward the women with his gun visible. Avesyan was charged with terroristic threats. Bail was set at $250,000. His 21 guns, thousands of rounds of ammo, smoke grenades and bulletproof vests were confiscated. Murica! After Lizzy Waites, a transgendered woman living in Pierre, South Dakota committed suicide last Wednesday, Trump supporters took over her Facebook page with comments like "Glad he's gone," "#TRANSLIVESDONTMATTER," and "America just became a little bit greater."

James Shawlin, a gay man. and his 4-year-old son were shopping at the Highlands Ranch, Colorado Floor and Decor when they were verbally attacked by a store manager who called him "the faggot that voted for Hillary," and by another customer who overheard the manager and interjected, "what are these faggots going to do to this child?" The store manager has been fired. In Georgia, Mairah Teli, a young language arts teacher who is Muslim received a flag adorned note saying, "Your headscarf isn't allowed anymore. Why don't you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it off of your neck instead of your head." It was signed, "America!." Just the other day on a Delta Air Lines flight 248. a passenger disrupted a flight by standing in the isle, shouting and clapping "We got some Hillary bitches on here? Donald Trump, baby. He's your president. If you don't like it, too bad." The video went viral. Delta has banned him for life and all passengers are receiving a refund.

Over the last few days, three California Mosques have received identical letters addressed "to the children of Satan." The letter called Muslims "vile," "filthy" and "evil" and, "Your mothers are whores and your fathers are dogs." 

In Pittsburg, Ankur Mehta, an Indian, was working on his tablet and wearing earbuds at the bar at a Red Robin Restaurant when 54-year-old Jeffrey Burgess told Mehta "things are different now" and "I don't want you sitting next to me — you people." Burgess began making racial and ethnic epithets like "sand (n-word)" and (expletive) Muslim". Mehta, with earbuds on, was oblivious to it all until Burgess elbowed him in the face several times and then grabbed him by the head and punched him several times. Mehta was taken to the hospital and Burgess was taken to jail on four counts.

At Harvard, Sanford Levinson, a renowned legal scholar and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, received an anti-Semitic letter. "You just got your ass kicked kike" and "We're gonna drain the swamp at Harvard Law." It ended with "Juden Raus," a German phrase that translates to "Jews out," referring to the name of an infamous Nazi-era board game. At the University of Kansas, three male cheerleaders posted themselves in a way that clearly spelled KKK. They have been suspended from school. In Chicago, a white woman erupted in a 30 minute "Trumper Tantrum" and claimed anti-white discrimination when she was charged for $1 reusable bag at a Chicago-area store. Jennifer Boyle, who had previously been videoed harassing Black employees at Peet's Coffee told Dlack employees at Michael's arts and craft store that she had voted for Donald Trump and shouldn't have to pay for the bag. When videoed by a white woman, she went ballistic because, "why are you videoing me? They're Black and you're white!" The video made national news. We all know that Herr Trumpf has thin skin and his right wing supporters are no different. He whines endlessly as they do about criticism. While skipping most of his recent security briefings, Trumpfenfuhrer, has had time to fight the cast of Hamilton and Saturday Night Live. Now the cast of Hamilton has received death threats and extra security has been hired.

Teachers have reported nearly 2,500 cases of bigotry and bullying in U.S. schools since the election. According to a SPLC survey of 10,000 teachers, "eight in 10 respondents said they were anxious and concerned for their students, especially Black, Muslim and LGBT children and teens, and they were worried how Trump's election would affect themselves and their families.

James Veverka

Tilton

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Hillary Clinton, no. But David Petraeus, yes? What total hypocrisy

To The Daily Sun,

David Petraeus was an outstanding military officer, loved and admired by his troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a great general officer. So great, in fact, that he was offered the post of director of the Central Intelligence by President Obama. However, General Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer. And he shared with her — quite illegally I might add — classified material. He provided it and so was in flagrante dilecto to entice her into an extramarital affair, and she reciprocated to have access to his power and position. And then when he was done with her, he dropped her like that proverbial hot potato and she — in retaliation — threatened him and family friends with her knowledge. For this, they were both investigated by the FBI. And the FBI recommended charges be filed.

Petraeus was charged with giving classified information to his mistress. Petraeus didn't deny the charges and agreed to plead guilty to a plea deal of mishandling classified information in exchange for not going to jail. So isn't it ironic that President-elect Trump — the man that spent nearly two years campaigning on Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material — should nominate David Petraeus for the same position. Clinton who was never charged. Hillary Clinton who never traded information for sexual favors. Hillary Clinton who's only true crime was being married to a womanizer and wanting to be the first woman president.

So two years were spent demonizing her for a private email server that was similar to other private email servers used by her predecessors. Demonized by a man who verbally acknowledged that he used his power and stature to forcibly try for sexual favors and now wants to hire another man who used his own power and stature to get sexual favors that were granted willingly. Into a position where he would be the ambassador to the world. You have to wonder if Vladimir Putin is already setting up the Best Little Dacha in Moscow for the good general to stay at when he visits. Heck, Conservatives are already dismissing that affair and the context surrounding it as unimportant.

But, let us not forget the swamp to be drained; the patterns of behavior to be halted; the ending of Business As Usual — right? Isn't that what got him elected? But you know, there is an old saying that a zebra cannot change his stripes. And despite the Billy Bush tapes, the Miss Universe stories, the People magazine writer, Trumps own words regarding his daughter's sexuality, we have more of the same hypocrisy barreling boldly and in broad daylight into Washington; into the true corridors of power that have shaped our country and broken far, FAR better men.

Hip! Hip! Hypocrisy! This will be the new cheer for the next administration in this country.

Alan Vervaeke
Gilford

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