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Russian puppets

While reading the Mueller report, even with the juicier parts redacted, I was wondering if people who voted for President Trump are at all embarrassed by the fact that they were puppets in the hands of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Army (GRU) and Internet Research Agency (IRA)? The GRU had units solely responsible for hacking and stealing documents, sowing malware and “wikileaking” information; and the IRA was a Russian organization whose purpose was to spoon-feed social media lies and confusion to the gullible portion of the American public. The most ironic Russian posting was one that said that it would be a disaster if the U.S. ever had a liar in the presidency.

Did those Trump voters go to a rally supporting Trump? The rally may well have been organized by the Russian groups. They even got their posters and banners from the Republican Party offices. Do people think, “Well, at least we are safe on the local level?” Oh, no! Local and state elections and voting machine manufacturers may well have been hacked, too.

Embarrassed? I would be mortified.

Molly Leight


An emergency staff

I have been thinking that nothing seems to be getting done in our country, even though the Republicans think things are going well. Maybe the media should withdraw and not do any coverage from the White House, as well as any speeches that are being spoken by President Trump. I think it is a waste of time to even hear this person say anything. He lies and he thinks he is better than anyone. He likes to hang out with world leaders who bring pain and sorrow to their people.

We are not put on the earth to do harm, and our country, the United States of America, does not stand for destruction, wanting to start wars and letting people shoot down students. I know our country has had many problems because someone in charge wanted power. We need to stop and rethink, what do we want the next generation to see — a caring and loving country or a country that is scarred?

If we have to let our country get hurt because of Trump and his administration, we better have an emergency staff ready to mend this broken country.

James Fleming


Our history

I had no idea how Winston-Salem played into “Winston-Salem’s residential segregation history” until reading Elizabeth A. Herbin-Triant well-documented guest column by that title in the May 18 Journal. I moved here in 1980.

Thanks for printing this column.

Gail B. Williams


Lose with Biden

If the Democratic Party nominates Joe Biden, Donald Trump will be a two-term president.

Here’s why: Biden voted in support of the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. He voted against gay marriage and then tepidly supported it when it became politically expedient. He was one of the senators leading the public embarrassment of Anita Hill, then acted like Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was simply beyond the pale. He sniffs little girl’s hair without their consent. He is, without a doubt, an absolutely awful candidate to run against Trump.

The worse news is this: Democrats would rather lose with Biden than win with a real progressive. If they nominate Biden, Democrats can sidestep the growing divisions in their party, admonish anyone who asks for better as “throwing away their vote” and maintain the moral high ground with the bar set as low as possible.

In my 23 years of life, Democrats’ only strategy has been to say that they’re not Republicans. If they nominate Biden, even that pathetic display of political strategy will not even be true.

John Belmont


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