- - Sunday, July 19, 2020

President Trump has shown how fragile our democracy is when we have a president who abuses his power and threatens the Constitution of the United States. During protests in June, Mr. Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division and other units to Washington to squelch the protests. The rational thinking and recommendations of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and Attorney General William Barr avoided the deployment.

Mr. Trump abused his power when he asked the Ukrainian president to interfere in our election, and Mr. Trump was subsequently punished with impeachment by the House of Representatives. Mr. Trump also asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him in the 2020 election.

Mr. Trump commuted convicted criminal Roger Stone’s sentence and interfered with the sentencing of other friends. Mr. Barr said Mr. Trump’s tweets were interfering with Justice Department cases.

I agree with former Chief of Staff John Kelly, who essentially said we have to scrutinize candidates for the presidency to ensure they have the psychological stability, demeanor and intelligence to assume the office — and that they do not threaten the Constitution.


Londonderry, N.H.

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