To the Editor:

I responded to Sylvia Kennedy’s 5/11 letter about President Trump’s lying, on 5/23. Then, Priscilla Hodgkins responded to my letter on 6/1, “Trump lies: Is it smart?” I feel that her letter also begs a response. Firstly, let me say that I am impressed with her diligence in ferreting out the statistics relating to President Trump’s lying while in office- pretty impressive! But, what do they mean? Well, we don’t know.

Never before in American history has a president been subjected to the scrutiny that President Trump has been exposed to, where his every utterance is analyzed, sliced, diced, parsed, weighed and speculated on, in the hope of finding some “dirt.” How can he be judged when none of his predecessors experienced the same or similar scrutiny, by comparison? All of the previous presidents lied, more or less, but their utterances were never examined with same vigor and malice. It would be like comparing an apple to a bunch of grapes, or some such.

Ms. Hodgkins admonished people to consult “all” news sources, regardless of their political slant, to ensure getting “all” of the news, good or bad. I concur, but in order to do that, I would recommend that they take off their blinders and stop focusing on lies, Melania Trump, Russian collusion, White House in-fighting, etc., and look at the “big” picture. Remember, Donald Trump’s place in history will be established by his accomplishments in making America great again, not by the petty garbage noted above. And, it looks like he’s made a good start.

Respectfully submitted,

Irving W. Glater

Exeter