Thank you for Sasha Abramsky’s article “The West Coast Fights Back Against Trump” [Feb. 27]. My Scottish great-grandmother walked across the Isthmus of Panama in 1850 to come to California. There she married an English man, who had traded in his covered wagon for a cart because it was faster. Thanks to them, I’ve had a privileged life here in our beloved state: fine schools; an annual fee of about $65 to attend the University of California at Berkeley during its golden years; freedom to play in the unspoiled beauty of our woods, swim in the emerald waters of the Eel River, backpack in the Sierras, and mature in the multicultural richness of San Francisco.
The horror of Trump has left us all stressed and sickened. But Abramsky’s article has truly helped lessen the pain and stress we are all suffering. Washington, Oregon, California—yes, of course, the “Left Coast”!
Corinne Swall White
How Far Would the Left Go?
In the lead-up to her excellent discussion of the rewards that Trump voters expect to reap in return for the moral compromises they’ve made [“Religious Right, Resurgent,” Feb. 27], Katha Pollitt claims that progressives, if given the chance, would elect the left-wing equivalent of Trump. That’s slander, sure to be weaponized by right-wingers, and it has to be refuted.
Would I vote for someone who was “kind of a dick” if he promised to enact all kinds of good legislation and the alternative was a “flaming reactionary”? Sure. But Ted Kennedy (the example Pollitt cites) was no mirror image of Trump, and Hillary Clinton isn’t the left-wing version of a flaming reactionary.
Trump isn’t just the most depraved character ever to make it to a general presidential election: By Election Day 2016, it was evident that he posed an existential threat to the country. He’d repeatedly praised dictators, especially Putin, and rarely if ever said a kind word about constitutional democracy. He’d publicly encouraged Russia to hack Clinton’s e-mails; repeatedly attacked news reporters as “the most dishonest people on earth” for calling attention to the ceaseless cascade of lies issuing from his own foul mouth; repeatedly condoned violence against protesters at his rallies; only weakly and belatedly disowned the endorsement of hate groups; and said that if he were elected, he would imprison his political opponent. Every indication was that if he gained the presidency, he would try to make himself dictator.