Trump's success dubious at best
A letter to the editor published on Jan. 8 suggests that DJT's success in business is proof of his mental fitness to be POTUS. This view completely ignores the reality of DJT's life.
He was born into great wealth. His father cosigned on Trump's initial bank loans for his early ventures. Without that backing, it is doubtful that he could have secured the loans. When Trump finally was on his own after receiving a huge inheritance from his father's estate, he failed multiple times forcing him into multiple bankruptcies. In the 1990s it was so bad that he could not get any financing from commercial banks. Then, in came the Russian oligarchs. His own son admitted publicaly that the Russians are major investors in the Trump Organization. This is not "fake news." It is well documented.
Academically, DJT has claimed he graduated at the top of his class, but he won't release his transcripts from Wharton. We're supposed to take his word for it. The commencement program from his graduation does not list him among the honor students. Add to that the well-documented/proven lies he's stated on the record, but when one is in denial the truth doesn't matter.
America has always welcomed immigrants
Founded as a refuge from religious and political persecution and built by immigrants, we’ve been the standard bearer for the assertion and protection of unalienable rights. We’re a beacon of hope for those fleeing oppression and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life.
We can look in our history to find family members who came to America with determination, faith and a will to succeed. South Dakotans have invested much to create healthy communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, while building a democracy for all. We’ve supported civil dialogue and policies protecting our security, economy and values. Efforts to weaken our founding principles while diminishing democracy should be met with passion and determination. Together, we must stand for policies that promote unity and inclusion, instill hope and show compassion — policies honoring our tradition of welcoming those seeking refuge and a better life and making our communities stronger, safer and prosperous.
Those new to South Dakota are here to stay. They’re here to work hard, raise a family and become citizens living the American dream. They’re here for the same reason you and I are, the love of freedom and the democratic ideals upon which this nation was formed.