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Letter: Trump is not like us

By David Clark, VANCOUVER
Published: June 13, 2024, 6:00am

It’s human nature that we surround ourselves with like-minded individuals, be they friends, schoolmates or business associates as we go through life. Donald Trump has a knack for surrounding himself with advisers and business partners who have either spent time in prison or are headed that way. Trump’s supporters say, “He’s just like us.”

We all would agree that stability, loyalty, and honesty are qualities that we strive to instill in our children. Our hero has five children from three wives and has declared business bankruptcy four times. At the height of the COVID pandemic he said, “it was just like the flu.” His backers say, “He’s just like us. We appreciate him, he tells it like it is.”

As a nation founded on religious freedoms, Christians believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, a bedrock proponent of their faith. Donald Trump sees it as a money maker. He calls it, “The God Bless the USA Bible,” priced at only $59.99. His supporters agree, “He’s just like us.”

While spending time in court recently I wonder if he was thinking about policies and programs that will benefit the folks just like him?

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