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How to win in 2020: Use Trump's incoherence as a weapon against him in debates

How to win in 2020: Use Trump's incoherence as a weapon against him in debates
President Trump speaks after signing the Space Force directive in the Oval Office on Feb. 19. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images)

To the editor: Bruce Baert’s sad but true Presidents Day piece, “How do Trump’s words stack up against those of his predecessors?” aptly illuminates how small, figuratively, Donald Trump is standing next to articulate giants like Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama.

Sadder still, our “I have the best words” president has diminished the honor of the office that he holds.

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Baert’s piece should serve as an invitation to the eventual Democratic nominee, who will get the privilege (or duty, some would say) of debating President Trump, to make the following his or her opening salvo — no opening policy statement, no politically polite charming chit-chat, just read the comparisons from the podium, no holds barred, word for word, including the expletives Trump used in the “Access Hollywood” recording.

That candidate will render Trump speechless and win the election.

Barry Bleach, Sherman Oaks

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To the editor: Certainly words are important, especially from our leaders. However, actions are far more important and consequential.

Rather than obsessing over the noise, I give credit to Trump’s myriad accomplishments in two short years. Most of the media either criticize or fail to give credit to Trump for the following: economic growth, low unemployment, increased household income, better consumer confidence, deregulation, tax cuts, confirmed judges, steadfast pursuit of the border wall, renegotiated trade pacts, a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, and historic summits with the North Korean leader.

These are not just words, but tangible actions with significant and measurable results.

Milton Bennett, Rowland Heights

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