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How big of a body count do we need, Mr. President?

Dear Mr. Trump:

You’ve taken the position that global warming is a hoax. You’ve said that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

But now, Sir, please consider:

Hurricane Harvey’s 51.88” of rainfall at Cedar Bayou, TX was most ever recorded in the continental United States from a tropical cyclone.

Four separate stations in Texas recorded over 48” of rainfall from Harvey – each of these would have broken the previous continental U.S. landfall record.

The official death toll from Hurricane Harvey in the United States is 82.

Now consider Hurricane Irma, which spent three consecutive days as a top-of-the-scale Category 5 hurricane, the longest in the satellite era.

The official death toll from Hurricane Irma in the United States is at least 39.

This is now the first time that two Category 4 hurricanes have hit the United States in the same year, and the hurricane season has just begun.

Are these 121 deaths of Americans – whom you are sworn to protect – a hoax?

Isn’t it time, Sir, that you acknowledged the reality of global warming and start working to do something about it? Instead, you’ve done everything in your power to deny its reality and curb United States efforts to fight this disaster-in-the making.

How many American deaths will we need in order for you to be persuaded?

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Hypocrites R Us! — a letter to the occupant of the White House

Dear Mr. Trump,

I’m sorry I have taken so long to write again to you, but I know you are busy too. It must have taken you a long time to come up with a plan to kick out of the country so many good, hard-working, young people. It must have been strain for you to think of reasons for this action, beyond just that Obama instituted the DACA program. If you are having trouble sleeping, I recommend melatonin, by the way.

The name of your administration should be Hypocrites R Us! On one hand, you are so determined to kick out the Dreamers because their parents – not they – broke the law by entering the country. In your view, no compassion should be shown to these stalwart would-be citizens. The law is the law, after all!

On the other hand, you pardoned Joe Arpaio, who absolutely broke the law, purposely violated a court order, and acted with criminal intent. But wait! I thought the law was the law! You have compassion for this lawbreaker, who deserves jail, but not for children brought here by their parents?

Paint a big sign on the front of the White House, please, and make it read:

Hypocrites R Us!

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A letter to the President of the United States that touches on the Bible …

Dear Mr. Trump,

It doesn’t matter to me whether you believe in God or not, but many of your supporters claim to be Christians. Those who call themselves “White evangelicals,” for example, voted 80%-14% for you in the 2016 election, according to the November 11, 2016 article in the Washington Post by Sarah Pulliam Bailey. One may well wonder how those who purportedly believe in a loving God would seek to put in office someone who breeds hatred, who despises equality, and who gives encouragement to neo-Nazis, but that is not my point today.

Rather, my purpose here is to call your attention to what the Bible says about what the head of a government should be. This is important, Sir, because your “White evangelical” voters may think twice about voting for you again if they consider these passages.
Importantly, Deuteronomy 17:16-17 emphasizes that the leader must not seek great wealth. “Silver and gold he may not accumulate for himself in great abundance.” Deuteronomy 17:17 (Metsudah Chumash 1996). It would seem, though, that you and your family are using your political office for financial gain, particularly from foreign governments. If your previous voters don’t care that such conduct contravenes the United States Constitution, they may yet realize that it contravenes the Bible.

Of equal importance, Deuteronomy 17:18-20 provides that the ruler must study the law every day, guard the law, and fulfill it. The price for not so doing is that the ruler’s reign will be short. Deuteronomy 17:20. However, you seem to want to violate the law. I refer, for example, to stopping payments that the Affordable Care Act requires, or for disregarding the First Amendment prohibition against discrimination on the basis of religious belief. It is for these reasons, Sir, among many others, that I hope the result demanded by the Bible – your reign shall be as short as possible – comes to fruition. May the “White evangelicals” who supported you the first time realize in time their error.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A thought for the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Dear Mr. Trump,

You have only yourself to blame for the failure of Congress to jump to your orders and desires. Take health care. Had you not unfairly savaged Senator McCain, an American hero, because he’d been captured during war – a war that you evaded – he might have had more sympathy for your health care bill and voted to keep it alive. Instead, you attacked him. You must have felt so superior to him, because you, yourself, had never been captured. You couldn’t resist putting him down to make yourself feel superior. Felt good, huh? Made that adrenalin course through your body, huh? The thrill of being a bully.

A person with either intelligence or decency would think carefully before he speaks and, when he speaks, would do so respectfully.

Those of us, Sir, who oppose your policies – e.g., depriving the needy of medical care – can only thank God that you are as careless and disrespectful as you are toward those who share power in our country.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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What the historians will say …

Dear Mr. Trump,

What a shame that you have to rely upon the bigots of the country to sustain your presidency, but, let’s face it: without them, you wouldn’t have won. Their idea of making American great again is to demean everyone else who is not white, male, hetero, and Christian. You sold them on the idea that they could achieve their racist goals if only they voted for you. That’s why David Duke shouts in triumph: “This is why we have Trump!”

I’m not the only American writing to you in this vein. There are millions who not only share my views but write to share them expressly with you. Of course, you don’t care. It’s really not our approbation you seek. As these letters “pile up” in the digital archives, they will remain hidden for at least twenty-five years after you leave office, if I understand federal law correctly, because you’re under no legal obligation to divulge these letters to the rest of the world.

If humanity in fact survives, perhaps historians will collect and analyze this trove of correspondence and be able to state definitively that the American people did not accept, and fought against, your bigotry.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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This is why they voted for Trump …

Dear President Trump,

How late, how lame, how lacking in credibility, when you tweet today that “we must all come together as one.” Please don’t pretend that you didn’t know that hate-based violence would spread as a result of your rhetoric. The haters out there heard you loud and clear, throughout your campaign and beyond. As David Duke says, “This is why we voted for Trump!”

They heard you when you declared that Mexican immigrants to this country were rapists.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

They heard you when you said all Muslims should be banned from entering the country.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

They heard you when you repeatedly claimed without evidence that President Obama had not been born in this country.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

They heard you when you invited your fans to beat people who protested against you, promising to pay for their legal defense costs.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

They heard you when you encouraged police officers to rough up suspects.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

It’s way too late to unwind the effect of your words and behavior. The haters you gave renewed life to will never believe that you’ve turned on a dime and suddenly worship unity. And, even if they believed you’ve turned the page, they won’t care. You brought them to life. You nourished their hatred.

“This is why we voted for Trump!”

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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