To the Editor:
In his recent Letter to the Editor (4-28), William Parrot wrote that our current "... chief executive personifies a curious blend of Winston Churchill and P.T. Barnum." I wholeheartedly agree with the Barnum part. P.T. was a showman extraordinaire in the mid-1800s who promoted hoaxes, started the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1871, and is associated with the line,"There's a sucker born every minute", although there is no historical evidence to prove he actually said that. Trump is a brilliant self-promoter and is certainly one of our eras greatest showman. These are his special talents.
The Churchill association, however, is another matter. Churchill authored over ten books, and he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 for his six-volume History of the Second World War. Trump rarely reads. He called the Biblical book Second Corinthians: "Two" Corinthians.
Churchill joined the military, showed calm under fire, and was captured during the Boer War. His escape and flight to freedom made him a national hero. Trump avoided service in the Vietnam War because of a bone-spur in his foot. He can't remember which foot.
Churchill inspired British resolve in WW II as Prime Minister with his stirring oratory. Trump defended white-nationalists in the August 2017 racist attacks at Charlottesville, Virginia with these words: "You also had some very fine people on both sides."
Near the end of WWII, Churchill warned President Roosevelt about the growing tyrannical threat posed by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. In 1946 he coined the term "Iron Curtain" and continued to stand up against Stalin. Concerning Russian tampering in the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump chose to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of involvement over 16 US intelligence agencies which concluded that the Russian government directed hacking "to interfere with the US election process."
By the age of 26, Churchill was a best selling author, a war hero, a member of Parliament, and (because of his writings and lectures) a millionaire. At the age of 30, Trump claimed he got a small loan of $1 million from his father.
Trump a blend of P.T. Barnum and Winston Churchill? Barnum, sure. Churchill, hardly.