Sept. 25 — To the Editor:

I have heard many people say that they support Donald Trump because he says what’s on his mind. “Donald doesn’t hold anything back.” We can “trust” him because of this. What bothers me is that someone can appear to be honest and authentic while promoting hateful and dangerous ideas and opinions. Donald Trump is trying to win the presidency on the backs of everyone who Donald Trump deems not Christian enough, not white enough, not male enough, not able-bodied, or not born in this country.

We must beware! It is NOT okay to stir up fear and hatred through disdain for women, Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled, immigrants, and by failing to reject white supremacists like David Duke. (Sorry if I missed any other group he’s demeaned.) What happened to our pride about being a melting pot, a refuge for the tired and hungry, about being a nation of immigrants, about caring for our neighbors regardless of their race, religion or economic status?

A candidate like Trump hides his own lack of knowledge and his own corruption (see New York Times, “A Week of Whoppers from Donald Trump”, 9/24/16) by putting down others. This lying, bullying behavior, and bluster poisons all of us. Donald Trump cannot be trusted by any of us, even if we haven’t been targeted - yet.

Judy Ullman

Portsmouth