Letter: Where’s the tolerance and respect?

(Alex Brandon | AP file photo) President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minn., on Sept. 30, 2020.

I was raised a Mormon in Chicago. Following a mission I came to Utah, graduated from the university, then married in the temple and raised four children in the faith. I am 91 years old and have lived in Utah 68 years, and I cannot understand how decent members who were raised in the same church and taught the same moral teachings could vote for a candidate like Donald Trump.

This election should be about the choice between good and evil, about accepting or rejecting everything true and holy about the moral code of the faith set in stone. The church does not condone adultery, lying, stealing or bearing false witness, yet these are common practices of the sociopathic president who applies fear and anger to divide the nation.

What will it take for good Mormons to reject this moral cretin, this greed-driven, pitiful excuse for a human being, incapable of loving anything but himself? He is neither a Republican nor a conservative; he is a member of the party of one, Donald Trump first, foremost and only, and he can never “make America great again” because he has no idea what America means. And neither do those who vote for him. Fear, hate and disunity can never get us there. It is a nosedive into hell.

Only the kind of trust, tolerance and respect evident between the late Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia can take America forward.

Ron Molen, Salt Lake City

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