LETTER from RICHARD STERNBERG
To the Editor:
I have a problem with Mike Zagata’s last opinion piece.
In it he quotes Donald Trump’s tweet, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democratic congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken crime infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done.”
Well, I have a real problem with the president disparaging the United States. Three out of the four members of “The Squad” were born in the United States.
In spite of the current national dichotomy I think it is despicable for the president to declare our country “totally broken” and “crime infested” but I assume Mr. Zagata has no problem with this based on the way he comments on it.
Before he implies that they are immigrants by failing to correct the president’s comments, and Congress-woman Ocasio-Cortez’ family has been American since 1898 at least one generation and probably two before the Trumps, he should be aware that Donald Trump has claimed that his father was an immigrant. (By the way, he wasn’t, but the president’s grandfather was.) He then takes the liberty of loosely translating the president’s words. He is very loose with his “translation.”
I myself have a great deal of problems with “The Squad” and have found myself opposed to almost
all their proposals but the president having similar problems does not give him the right to deprecate our wonderful country.