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Donald Trump and ‘dignity’? That’s one tenuous relationship

  • From his immature tweets to hush money payments to publicly pushing aside other leaders, Trump hardly maintains the dignity of his office
PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2018, 11:04am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2018, 11:03am

I compliment your correspondent G. Bailey (“Trump displays more dignity than his haters”, December 8). I refer to the very clever use of reverse psychology. The twin tactic of employing an absurdly over-the-top tongue-in-cheek pro-Trump tone and placing such antithetical words as “Trump” and “dignity” in close proximity very effectively achieves the writer’s aim.

The reader immediately revisits Mr Trump’s tenuous relationship with the concept of dignity. Thus we recall how and where he likes to “grab” women. Or how he has his underlings pay hush money to women (question: was this dignified adultery?)

Then we have the startling image of him literally manhandling a fellow leader so that he, Trump, can be centre-stage for a photo shoot.

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Or, more recently, his acquiescence in the butchery of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Admittedly he stuck to his principles here and was not bought cheaply.

Running through all this we have the almost comical image of the president in bed each morning, tweeting like a petulant adolescent, making sure no perceived slight goes unanswered.

James T Quinn, Lamma Island