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LETTERS

There’s no booming economy imaginable to excuse Trump’s outrages

In this file photo, President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrive for a news conference at the White House on May 29.
In this file photo, President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrive for a news conference at the White House on May 29.Erin Schaff/NYT

Re “Economic data a reality check for Trump” (Page A1, June 28): Whenever I hear people excuse President Trump’s outrageous personal behavior, power grabs, and stigmatizing of certain people as the “other” by saying something along the lines of “Look what he’s done for the economy,” I am reminded of the respective rises in Germany and Italy of Hitler and Mussolini. Because their economies were recovering amid the Great Depression, people in those countries were willing to suspend judgment about their leaders’ authoritarian behavior and repressive policies — until it was too late to stop them. Let’s hope Americans believe there is more to leadership than presiding over a supposedly healthy economy.

Sam Kafrissen

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