To the editor: Regarding Michael D'Antonio's op-ed piece describing Donald Trump's views of his heritage and kingly qualities, one can do worse than have recourse to that shrewd observer of character and the American scene, Mark Twain.
In "Huckleberry Finn," after encountering a "king" and a "duke" who skillfully mislead and fleece the townspeople along the Mississippi River, Twain has Huck observe, "Well, that's what I'm a-saying: All kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out."
They also say this: "All I can say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. Take them all around, they're a mighty ornery lot. It's the way they're raised."
Trump seems to be ably carrying on the tradition of American "kings" so ably described by Twain.
David Jones, Los Angeles
To the editor: D'Antonio's excellent article is kind to Trump.
Let us call a spade a spade: Trump is a megalomaniac. By definition, a megalomaniac is a "pathological egotist, that is, someone with a psychological disorder with symptoms like delusions of grandeur and an obsession with power, " according to vocabulary.com.
What is even more pathetic is that Trump is leading in the polls, which indicates that the other Republican candidates are, in Trump's words, "losers" and do not stand even a remote chance to beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
Foster Eubank, Laguna Woods
To the editor: I have no trouble believing that Trump thinks he is genetically superior and entitled to be president. The bigger question is why so many people agree with him.
Christina Gilmore, San Diego