Letters to the Editor

Obama not to blame

I consider myself to be a fairly well-informed reader, yet I tremble daily when I read another celebratory article about Donald Trump’s success in the various nationwide Republican primary elections.

You can imagine my concern when I read Ross Douthat’s opinion that President Barack Obama is to blame for Trump’s entrance into politics and his success. This is the ultimate “Blame Obama for Everything” scenario.

Words like “even more imperial presidency” and “using every available end-around to make domestic policy without any support from Congress.”

To describe the last nine years tells me more about Douthat’s political views than any of the historical facts both he and I have been living through. No mention is made of the obdurate Congress Obama has endured that vowed to bring him down since the day after he was elected.

I got the message. Douthat is not part of the loyal opposition. He neither likes nor supports our legitimately elected president, but to write a lengthy article blaming Obama for the rise of a celebrity who is almost a fascist is reprehensible journalism.

Of course, Douthat is entitled to his opinion, but he represents the kind of hyperbole that characterizes Donald Trump as a candidate. It’s OK not to like our president, but engaging in factless overwhelming exaggeration is a classic example of what used to be called “yellow journalism.”

Frances G. Scalise, State College

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