Letter to the editor: Trump isn’t about law and order

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I’m furious. I spent 30 years in law enforcement. I’ve voted Republican, I’ve voted Democrat. I’m all for law and order. And then comes Donald Trump, who claims, among this thousands of other lies, that he’s the Law and Order President. Who, as he left office, pardoned numerous criminals convicted by his own justice department for crimes they committed prior to and during his administration, including Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon.

On Jan. 6, 2021, he urged his supporters to go the Capitol and “fight like hell,” and they did, breaching and desecrating the hallowed halls of American democracy, injuring over 100 Capitol police officers in a brutal attack. Nearly 1,200 individuals have been charged with crimes for their action that day and almost 500 of them have been convicted of crimes including assault on a federal officer.

Trump calls them “patriots” and “hostages” and promises to pardon them on his first day in office. Tell that to the face of the officer who lost the tip of his right index finger. Others were smashed in the head with baseball bats, flag poles and pipes. Many were doused with bear spray, struck with fire extinguishers, crushed in doorways. Brian Sicknick died as a result. Others later committed suicide.

Then, in a blatant show of political grandstanding, he has the audacity to attend the wake of a New York City policeman who died in the line of duty. Shame on him for his obvious hypocrisy, and shame on the policemen who embraced him for his pompous showmanship.

Dennis DeCuir, Camarillo

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Letter to the editor: Trump isn’t about law and order