Letters to the Editor

Trump and violence

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday, March 11, 2016, in St. Louis.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday, March 11, 2016, in St. Louis. AP

Trump and violence

Donald Trump is trying to ride a wave of self-instigated violence into the presidency. He set the stage for violent conflict, and he intentionally set it off.

He dominates media coverage as he blames “thugs” for the violence.

The “thugs” instigating the violence belong to Trump himself as he taunts the protesters and eggs on his supporters to get violent in front of the cameras.

If the Republican Party doesn’t speak up and reject the violence and Trump himself, it owns what he is doing.

The national Republican Party needs to reject Trump, remove the delegates he has accumulated and refuse to permit him at the party’s convention in July.

If it doesn’t, the Republican Party owns Trump and his violence and will pay for his antics as he takes us back to Europe in the 1930s.

Richard Brewer,

Fort Worth


When violent thugs charge into a political rally intending to shut it down, why don’t the media cry out for that candidate’s right to free speech?

I’m not a Trump supporter, but for the media to describe these people as protesters is ludicrous!

I shouldn’t be surprised, considering that we’ve somehow decided as a society that looting your local stores is a form of protest, and therefore “justified.”

A responsible media could help stop these atrocities, but instead you guys fan the flames, making things worse.

News reporting has gone from being a noble profession to being sheep led by whatever comes off the wire. Very sad.

Larry Hathaway,

Fort Worth


Many have accused Trump of inciting violence. How many rallies have Trump’s supporters disrupted?

Wasn’t it Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who said we need a “revolution”? Wasn’t former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers in the mob at Chicago?

Yet Trump is accused of being the violent one.

Gary Cooper,

Fort Worth


The organized Chicago disruption that denied a presidential candidate the chance to speak is deplorable.

The media, police and judges have failed to differentiate between “peaceful demonstrations,” exercised under free speech rights, and deliberate, disruptive inciting of riots.

There’s a big difference, but you never hear it mentioned.

This is a prime example of how deep into the gutter our country has fallen in maintaining law and order.

Unfortunately, the same sharp decline is true for our moral standards, family values, fiscal responsibility, industrial strength, military strength, foreign affairs — the list is never-ending.

Wake up, folks. Unite and vote for meaningful change next November, regardless who the GOP nominee is.

Otherwise, our country is doomed.

Bob Stewart,



All I’ve seen is candidates engaging in insults and putdowns that turn my stomach: “You’re a liar, a loser, a lightweight.”

Is this the behavior we’re teaching our youth?

This is like schoolyard bullying.

What happened to the words in the Preamble to our Constitution, “all men are created equal”?

Raymond Douglass,

Edgecliff Village


Those demonstrators are really dumb. They take a chance of being arrested, hit in the face or run over by the mob.

All this when they already have the ultimate weapon against any politician: Don’t vote for that person.

How hard is that?

Tom Stamey,

Fort Worth