Opinion | Trump Calls Kamala Harris a ‘Monster,’ and Her Pastor Responds

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To the Editor:

Re “Facing a ‘Double Bind’ of Racism and Sexism” (news article, Oct. 10):

When President Trump calls Senator Kamala Harris a “monster,” it is nothing less than naked racism and misogyny for which he owes her, along with every woman and every Black citizen in America, an immediate and sincere apology.

As her pastor, I am both disturbed and alarmed at this outburst. It puts a lie not only to the president’s pretense of Christianity, but also to any claim he makes about condemning white supremacists or the violent right-wing extremists who support him.

What is monstrous is that the man in the Oval Office dispensed long ago with even the pretense of civility in public discourse. He has trampled even the most extreme boundaries of robust political discourse, finally dropping his dog whistle to pick up a bullhorn he uses every day to incite those extremists. Vice President Mike Pence, by his failure to condemn the president, is complicit by his silence.

We’ve seen the ugly, dangerous results. In Portland and elsewhere, heavily armed racists incite violence and even commit murder. We’ve learned of a plot by some of those armed extremists to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, whom the president has dismissed as “that woman from Michigan.”

Our nation can no longer abide this kind of rhetoric from the administration, the kind of rhetoric almost designed to incite a second civil war. It should be condemned by every American, regardless of party — and it deserves the ultimate condemnation, defeat on Nov. 3.

(Rev.) Amos C. Brown
San Francisco
The writer is president of the San Francisco chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.

‘This Precious Right’: Determined to Vote Once Again

To the Editor:

Re “This Could Be Their Last Vote. They Won’t Skip It” (news article, Oct. 8):

Kudos on your heartening article about the commitment of older Americans to vote! My physically frail but mentally alert 99-year-old mother in Boston cast her first presidential ballot in 1944 (for Franklin D. Roosevelt). She has voted in every election since.

This past year she told each of her doctors that she must live long enough to vote for Joe Biden. Thankfully, she mailed in her absentee ballot the other day, the morning after she received it!

Like so many in her civic-minded generation, she grasps the profound significance of exercising this precious right in our American democracy.

Marjorie Kaplan
New York

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