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Letter: Trump’s ‘terror’ remark sparks 9/11 imagery

(Evan Vucci | AP) President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington.

Donald Trump’s “domestic terror” remark in Kenosha, Wis., reminds me that another anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy approaches. This year, however, the imagery has changed for me.

In past years, I’ve imagined Osama bin Laden presiding over jet planes crashing into American landmarks. Nearly 3,000 Americans perished in that assault on our country.

This year, I see Donald Trump presiding over virus deaths surpassing 200,000 Americans. That’s a loss of lives equivalent to losing 500 jumbo jets that each contain 400 American passengers.

Imagine one jumbo jet full of Americans crashing every 60 seconds for more than eight hours. Knowing that it could have been prevented by responsible leadership.

Bin Laden’s crime was motivated by ego-driven malice. Trump’s by ego-driven incompetence.

Justice was served on Osama bin Laden. I hope that justice will again prevail Nov. 3.

On behalf of the health care workers who’ve died fighting Trump’s viral terror and the quarantined seniors who’ve died alone in nursing homes.

Stan Holmes, Salt Lake City

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