OPINION: A new low

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A letter to the editor by Kathleen Strykowsky of Mt Laurel, NJ

On Friday, March 20th, the presidency of the United States hit a new low point. I really didn’t think that our current president could shock or disappoint me anymore, but I watched in disbelief and horror to his news conference on Friday. When given a question by Peter Alexander of NBC News concerning reassuring Americans who were worried about the virus, the president chose not to care about using his office to offer words of comfort and encouragement to everyone watching, but instead again took personal affront, and ignored that opportunity to be a leader to instead personally criticize the reporter and the media.

Almost every statement that I have heard from him during this crisis has been self-serving, praising himself and defending his actions and denying the fact that he resisted dealing with this worldwide pandemic for weeks, making fun of the media reports from around the world and denying that we had a serious deadly problem that we needed him to deal with quickly. One of the biggest tragedies of this crisis has been that we don’t have a leader to comfort and inspire us, and he proved it in that moment.

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