Despicable … the kinds of behavior our president delights in.

Dear Mr. Trump:

Why are you doing nothing to fix the problem you created? Consider these facts, as reported by the Detroit Free Press:

Four days ago, a Homeland Security official proclaimed: ‘We are not separating babies from parents.’ Yet in the middle of the night, two baby boys arrived in Grand Rapids after being separated from their immigrant parents at the southern border weeks ago. … One child is 8 months old; the other is 11 months old. Both children have become part of a bigger group of 50 immigrant children who have landed in foster care in western Michigan under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy. … Many have gone 30 days or more without talking to their parents because their parents can’t be located.

These children and their parents are not a threat to America. They are not the “infestation” that you protest you’re guarding against. They are human beings, seeking asylum. They are not vermin. When you imply that these people are vermin, you echo your hero, Adolf Hitler.

How can your thug agents rip babies from their parents’ arms and then have no idea how to reunite them?

Your behavior – your policies, your rhetoric, your inhumanity – are all despicable, “Sir.”

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Depravity, thy name is Donald Trump …

Dear Mr. Trump,

Do you not feel any shame whatsoever? Of course you don’t. That was a rhetorical question.

Ripping children away from the parents will cause irreparable harm to the children, if not to the parents as well. It’s unconscionable. Your claim that a law passed by the Democrats forces you to do so is patently false, another of your thousands of lies, and you’ve never been able to identify the law that you speak of.

You’ve made the United States a disgrace in the eyes of humanity. It’s the kind of behavior that Adolf Hitler would have loved, though. He perfected concentration camps like you’re creating now, and they were but a short step away from the gas chambers. Hitler convinced his people that the answer to their problems was hatred of and violence against minorities, and you are following in his footsteps.

You and your policies and your apologizers in Congress are sick. The good citizens of the United States will now and forever reject you, your lies, and your depravity, “Sir.”

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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You love those thugs, don’t you, Mr. President …?

Dear Mr. Trump:

It’s clear that you live in an alternative universe, one in which you make up your own facts. To argue, e.g., that North Korea no longer presents a nuclear threat, is to prove your ignorance, Sir.

What changed? Kim still has the same nuclear weapons and the same delivery system. North Korea is still at war with South Korea. That’s not a threat as far as you’re concerned, Sir? Then what is?

I guess Russia is not a threat, either, nor China. In your world of alternative facts, as long as you praise the dictators, as long as you suck up to the thugs and purveyors of terrorism, they’re good guys, “very smart.” You would have praised Hitler for being “tough” and “smart” too. You love the people who still praise Hitler and call them “very fine people.”

Kim flattered you, Sir, so now you consider him a good guy? He’s a murderer. He’ll kill anyone who disagrees with him. You’d love to do the same, I’m sure. You like Kim because he herds dissenters into concentration camps, just like you’re herding refugee children into concentration camps. Hitler stripped babies away from their parents at Auschwitz, and you’re doing it in Texas.

The thugs like Putin and Kim are your friends because you envy them and want to be just like them.

But your time in office is limited, Mr. Trump, Sir. The good American citizens who cringe at your behavior expect to vote you out of office – you and your lookalike Republic cronies – if you are not first removed by impeachment. God help the people who unjustly suffer at your hands before then.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Off to Mars you go, Mr. President … Sir

Dear Mr. Trump,

You took the trouble to email me recently about some of your amazing, out-of-this-world plans. In particular, you informed me – and others who breathlessly wait to receive your emails – that you “will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars.” I cannot think of a better place for you to go, Sir, and – when you blast off – please bring along with you the vice president and the apologist Republican leaders of Congress.

Oh, I’m sure there will be many who miss you, such as the millions of Americans who don’t realize you lied to them repeatedly, the people who thought that you’d protect their health care and social security, the people who thought that you would “clean out the swamp,” the people who believed that your craziness about imposing tariffs somehow bring back their jobs, the people who don’t realize that, for every job you save by building walls, 16 jobs will be lost.

Yes, there will be people who miss you, such as the millions of Americans who also hate refugees and the children of refugees, who think it’s a happy day when you make fun of the handicapped, who also get their jollies from disparaging American heroes such as John McCain.

Yes, there will be people who miss you, such as the millions of Americans who believe that grabbing p***y is their right, that adultery is their right, that lying is the only way to deal with tough issues, that climate change is a hoax.

I realize that, by shooting you and your cohort off on this space ship, we would greatly risk contaminating the rest of the solar system. So be it, Sir. Right now, we need to protect the earth more than anything else.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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The pardon power again …

Dear Mr. Trump:

You’re enthralled by the power to pardon. No one can stop you from pardoning anyone convicted, or who might yet be convicted, of a federal crime. You’ve used it to pardon people you like and people who support your anti-immigrant policies, regardless of what they’ve done. You’ve talked about pardoning people who felt, as you do, that they should turn their political power into personal or that they can cheat small investors with impunity.

So why not practice using those pardon powers a bit more before pardoning the people you really want to pardon, the people ready to testify how you colluded with the Russians?

Here are some ideas, Sir:

Pardon John Wilkes Booth: send another clear signal to your KKK and Tea Party friends and remind them of how great you feel America was under slavery.

Pardon Al Capone: another gangster.

Pardon Timothy McVeigh: he, too, tried to tear down the federal government.

Remember though, Sir, that no matter how many people you pardon for federal crimes, you can’t stop them from telling the whole story about you as they are prosecuted for state crimes.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Where are they, Mr. Trump?

Dear Mr. Trump:

You get such a kick out of appealing to your supporters’ most vile instincts.

To wit, after being criticized for saying that MS-13 immigrants were “animals,” you now relish in repeating the term, again and again, as an epithet for the all the refugee children now being separated from their parents by your Immigration police. Hurray brave Trump, who makes war on children! Hurray brave Trump, who sees children as threats to America!

By calling these children “animals,” you echo the words of your hero, Adolf Hitler, who said that Jews were vermin. It’s just another way of saying that people aren’t human beings, that they don’t have the right to live, and they don’t have the right to security. It’s just another way of telling your supporters that it’s okay for them to fear, to hate, to demean, and to kill. It’s just another way to encourage mob mentality, the goal of which is to snuff out life. When Jews were considered “vermin,” the next, easy step was the concentration camp, and from there only another small step to the gas chambers.

Now, Sir, where are these children that you’re taking from their parents? HHS holding cells. Waiting for you to give the next order.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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No real foreign policy to speak of … a letter to the White House …

Dear Mr. Trump,

I don’t know what good would have come of the summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, but your abrupt cancellation of the meeting strikes me as emotional, as opposed to rational, behavior.

If a world leader cancels a meeting because his counterpart in another country says something unwelcome or inappropriate, all world leaders would cancel their meetings with you immediately. You seem to think that you’re that only one who can be threatening or malicious in his speech – everyone has to grin and bear it – but if some other world leader says something you don’t like, then you pick up your football and go home. That’s about it, Sir; you seem never to have left the mentality of the playground and the children who fight in it.

By threatening Kim with our “massive and powerful” nuclear forces, you once again seem determined to provoke North Korea to attack us first. You’d love that, Sir, wouldn’t you? It would give you the excuse to play with the nuclear toys that you determined to use.

More generally, Sir, it’s quite clear that you have no coherent foreign policy. No world leader in his right mind would ever agree to anything with you, because you’ve disavowed our country’s prior agreements. You’ve made it clear that international agreements mean nothing to you. How could you ever hope to negotiate anything again on behalf of the United States when you’ve proven over and over that our promises, and agreements mean zilch?

There’s only one thing reasonable Americans can do: throw you and your supporters out of office at the ballot box.  If our country survives that long, that is …

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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