Opinion

Warning to Trump: Liberals aren't just in California, they're in Alabama too

To the editor: For all of the implications of Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in Tuesday’s Alabama Senate election that have been analyzed, there is one more message that President Trump must hear. (“The Alabama Senate loss just made Trump’s job a lot harder,” Dec. 13)

He regularly rails against the liberal crazies in California and New York who don't support his “Make America Great Again” vision and who are undoubtedly under the direction of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Guess what? We aren’t the only ones, Mr. President.

There are people even in the red state of Alabama who reject Trump’s politics of division and his support for the 1% in favor of a more decent, inclusive and positive view of what has traditionally made America great. Watch yourself, Mr. President — we’re everywhere.

Michael Kranther, Los Angeles

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To the editor: Before liberals pop the cork and pour the champagne, they ought to contemplate what really happened in Alabama: It was not as much a vote for Jones as it was a rejection of the conservative candidate Roy Moore.

What Alabama stated is that if you are credibly accused of sexual harassment, then you are out of here. It does not matter if you are a Democrat, Republican or an independent; we do not close our eyes, look the other way or hide the truth about our candidate.

We cannot say the same thing for the liberals who look the other way regarding their own heroes. Bill Clinton comes to mind.

John T. Kirages, Arcadia

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To the editor: Compromise was built into our political system by the founding fathers. But today, there seems to be little room for compromise in politics, as we swing from one extreme to the other.

Just look at the difference between Barack Obama and Donald Trump. We have turned politics into a sport in which the game is played until one side wins and the other side looses.

What about all of us in the middle who are not served by either the Democratic or Republican party? Who stands for us?

I hope the election in Alabama signals a shift away from the extremes. If there was a party that expressly served the middle, I would join it in a heartbeat.

Carl Jerris, El Cajon

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To the editor: In all the analysis of the election in Alabama, I have not seen much about the central role played by old-fashioned, high-quality journalism.

Without the remarkable reporting of the Washington Post, an accused serial sex abuser would be headed to the U.S. Senate. Let’s postpone the death knell for print journalism.

Charles Lindahl, Fullerton

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To the editor: I am cheering the black voters of Alabama (98% of women and 93% of men) who were a major factor in Jones’ victory.

Let’s hope this political force keeps rising so that voter suppression and racial gerrymandering will cease to exist — and, most importantly, so the tide will turn on police officers who kill young black men but are not held accountable for their actions.

What a sterling example that voting makes a difference!

Judy Melton, Pasadena

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