Opinion | Trump and Biden: The Sharp Contrast at Two Town Halls

To the Editor:

Re “A Disruptive Trump vs. a Deliberate Biden in a Split-Screen Duel” (news article, Oct. 16):

The Tale of Two Town Halls revealed even in their briefest snippets the worst of President Trump and the best of Joe Biden.

For Mr. Trump, it was his statement that “I’ll put it out there — people can decide for themselves,” when asked about his retweeting of the bizarre conspiracy theory that a Navy SEAL team was executed in order to cover up the faked death of Osama bin Laden. That’s like saying it’s just fine for a supermarket to put rancid food out on the shelves and leave it up to consumer preference as to whether it’s bought.

For Mr. Biden, it was his overall tone, which even a senior adviser to the Trump campaign described as like watching an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” But after almost four years of living in the maelstrom of frenetic craziness of the Trump presidency, the American public is ready for a leader who keeps up his guard while allowing it to relax and lower its shoulders.

Chuck Cutolo
Westbury, N.Y.

To the Editor:

At the ABC News town hall with Joe Biden Thursday night, a Pennsylvania voter asked a crucial if often overlooked question: “Does President Trump’s foreign policy deserve some credit?” In a recent public statement, about 200 international relations and foreign policy scholars answered that very question negatively, viewing his foreign policy “largely as a failure.”

From the failed trade war with China to the abdication of international leadership on the pandemic and climate change, Trump administration policies have harmed the United States and the world.

The scholars do not mince words about the overall price we pay, writing, “The result is greater instability, insecurity and human suffering.” Coming from colleges and universities all over the country, they come to one simple conclusion: “We need new leadership.”

Jeremy Pressman
West Hartford, Conn.
The writer is an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.

To the Editor:

It really comes down to personal style. President Trump is like this. Joe Biden is like that. That’s how I see this playing field.

I voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 because of the way he does things. I happen to like his personal style — all things considered. As for lying? I expect everyone to lie. So that’s not something to which I give any consideration when selecting a leader.

I like Mr. Trump because he is uncouth, unpredictable, uncontrollable and maybe just a bit crazy. I happen to like that in a leader. I want a leader who can put countries like Russia and China on edge and off-balance. I also want a leader who can tell the press to take a hike when it starts to look more like a propaganda machine than a news agency. Come to think of it, I want a leader who can tell everyone to go to hell.

But I don’t see anyone — anyone — on the Democratic side who has either the desire or even the ability to confront the big, bad world on its own terms. I actually see Democrats as having slightly masochistic tendencies. Pain and suffering seem to resonate with them … just a bit too much for my liking.

Arthur Saginian
Santa Clarita, Calif.

To the Editor:

Let us fly in the face of precedent for the moment and take President Trump at his word: He says again that he knows virtually nothing about QAnon.

May we then ask the president why, considering all the times he has been asked about QAnon and its possible terrorist threat, he has not yet asked someone who works for him to explain to him what the organization is?

Gary Levine
Jerusalem

To the Editor:

Savannah Guthrie told President Trump that when he is retweeting conspiracy theories he is not “someone’s crazy uncle.” According to Mary Trump, he is.

Michael Gorman
Chicago

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