Letter: The two plagues besieging our country

(Evan Vucci | AP) In this Friday, April 10, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump answers questions during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington. More people have died of COVID-19 in the United States than any other country in the world. And the nation is not yet at the pandemic's peak. Presidential politics are a long way from getting back to normal, but the steps that Trump takes in the coming weeks will define his reelection and much more.

There are two plagues besieging our country: COVID-19 on the one hand, and Donald Trump and his family-mob on the other. Of the two, Trump is by far the worse.

Will social distancing or physical distancing translate into political distancing or national distancing? We can only pray that this is the case, and that we may return to relative sanity.

On April 8, Trump denounced the honesty, in a near total state of fraud, of paper ballots, claiming that mass cheating occurs due to “living rooms” filled with cheaters forging signatures on paper ballots.

Whenever Trump denounces almost anything, you can safely bet that he’s distracting us from the exact opposite concern. In this case, paper ballots would allow forensic investigation that could reveal Trump-engineered foreign interference with an election — as would be the case with interference by his co-conspirator, Vladimir Putin, as they manipulate the 2020 presidential election.

Isn’t it obvious? When Putin weakens the USA by internal division and federal disintegration, there will come a time when Trump and Putin can march in with a new takeover, creating a new kleptocracy under a totalitarian government.

As the bumper sticker says, “TRUMP/PUTIN: Make the U.S.S.R. Great Again!” Watch what he does, not what he says — though what he says is a great clue to what he aspires to accomplish.

Ivan Weber, Salt Lake City

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