Franklin Roosevelt once said, “The American presidency is preeminently a place of moral leadership.”

Mr. Trump: No matter how hard you try, you continue to fail to hit the decency target. World and national leaders have bestowed a plethora of well-deserved accolades upon the person of Senator John McCain. You, on the other hand, rejected your staff’s effort to bestow honor on Senator McCain, replaced their efforts with a terse tweet directed to family only and refused to fly the White House flag at half-mast. Even after being shamed by 2.5 million veterans into a response both with flag and a not so endearing comment your behavior demonstrates how petty, self-centered, callous and childish you are.

Dominant themes pervading the accolades of national and world leaders for John McCain include: One could disagree with McCain when he supported privatized social security and union busting legislation but could still count on civil discourse. When McCain correctly and gently chided a lady who fearfully accused Senator Obama of being a Muslim, he demonstrated a sense of decency and fair play. Holding fast to his conservative principles did not preclude him from working with Democrats. Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota called him a “mentor” for his willingness to guide her through the intricacies of the Senate in her early days in office. His vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was prefaced by meetings with Senate Democratic leadership. In those talks he was able to define the pros and cons and he determined that what was best for his constituents and the country was to vote no to the repeal.

Mr. Trump, such a mature and well measured approach to opposing views is a trait you will never own. Your current response to the death of a patriate and public servant continues a long line of petulant behavior. In your recent interview with FOX news, you declared that if you were impeached the nation would plunge into chaos, the Stock Market would crash and—as you pointed to the object under your comb-over hairdo you arrogantly declared “the nation would lose the intellect only found up there.”

Setting aside any additional devastating revelations of your corrupt nature, you should not be impeached. You should be soundly and humiliatingly defeated at the polls in November 2020. A power shift in November 2018 in congress is what’s needed to counteract your indecent behavior. Electing candidates who share McCain style integrity, decency and bi-partisanship should be the nation’s goal. RESIST

Rev. Dr. Ira S. Williams, Jr.

Gravois Mills