Opinion | A President With Values Like Jell-O

To the Editor:

Re “A Chance at Criminal Justice Reform” (editorial, Nov. 16):

This country’s criminal justice system is an urgent crisis, and Democrats should pursue reform at any cost. But we should not be naïve about whom we’re dealing with. President Trump is completely devoid of principles and often listens to the last person he spoke to.

A priority today can easily be a nonstarter tomorrow. Remember when Democrats thought they would break through on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and an infrastructure bill?

Criminal justice reform is an accomplishment no matter who signs the bill, but we should not ignore the danger of dealing with a president whose values resemble Jell-O.

Jess Coleman
The writer is a student at Boston University School of Law.

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