How our local newspaper could grow its business

Editor’s note: It could write more editorials like this:

“It is supreme irony that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is ‘Make America Great Again!’ because his candidacy is surely making our nation worse, much worse,” as The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board is reporting.

“Nearly every week, he commits some new outrage against truth and decency. This travesty has gone on long enough. Voters have to put a stop to it, and that starts by acknowledging the uncomfortable truth:

“Trump is an accomplished demagogue and a clear and present danger to American democracy.

“He kicked off his campaign in June by spouting hate against Mexican Americans, and has since moved on to denigrate or stereotype women, Muslims, the disabled and Jewish Americans. He cares not a whit if he’s found out in a lie – like his pernicious claim that ‘thousands’ of Arabs in New Jersey cheered as the twin towers crumbled on Sept. 11. He’ll keep telling it, if he thinks it will win him support.

“Whatever the final fate of his candidacy, he has already done real damage. He’s a bully who has lowered the bar so far for what is acceptable in presidential politics that recovering will be long and difficult. Other Republican contenders are saying ridiculous, hateful things that in any other campaign would be condemned, but they sound almost reasonable by comparison.

“Most troubling is that no matter what Trump says or does, his poll numbers don’t drop. He’s still the Republican front-runner.

“True, his backers are only a minority of the Republican Party and an even smaller slice of the overall electorate. But millions of Americans are cheering him on. Either they don’t realize what a Trump presidency would really mean, or that’s what they actually want. Which is scarier?

The rest of the editorial is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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