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"You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s like incredible." Donald Trump actually said that in public and most moral people cringed.

And now, apparently demonstrating what he said had a basis in truth, Trump said it was not great, but not, not OK, for "one of his people," the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, to order someone killed. And why not? Consider the stakes from Trump-the-businessman's point of view. Call to task a "friend" about the murder of an upstanding citizen – a reporter for a newspaper Trump doesn't like very much, and someone who had criticized the Saudi Crown prince – or jeopardize the sale of guns to that same "friend?" That friend, by the way, will have those guns turned on other innocent civilians. Trump favored the sale of guns over the condemnation of "one of his people." To the Saudi Crown prince and arms buyer, “You're hired.” To the innocent person speaking truth to power, "you're fired."

And what about the CNN reporter who, two weeks ago, lost his credentials to attend press briefings in the White House when he got under Trump's notoriously thin skin? I assume he'd still speak truth to power on Fifth Avenue.

Stewart Holmes

Corvallis (Nov. 21)

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