LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Trump sows national discord

The Senate is ready to use the impeachment trial to do President Donald Trump’s unsavory grunt work. Meanwhile, there are over 250 bills from the House that languish in the Senate because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not bring them up for a vote. Senators echo Russian propaganda about Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election, as they are afraid of incurring Trump’s wrath if they don’t follow his lead.

Russian trolls are infiltrating our social media to elicit emotional responses which shame the left and enrage the right. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg is permitting political diversions on Facebook regardless of verifiable facts. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy is to chum the waters with so much rubbish that nothing seems to be true and anything is possible.

Trump held up military aid to Ukraine to leverage his request for its assistance in scrutinizing Joe and Hunter Biden's work in that country.

The president is supposed to work for the benefit of all citizens. Trump cavorts around the country holding rallies for his base and spreading all kinds of lies, from the size of his inaugural crowd to not knowing Gordon Sondland.

Who benefits from Trump’s impulsive, erratic and self-serving behavior? The abrupt pullout from Syria gave Russia an invitation to fill the void. The Turks poured into Northern Syria as we abandoned our Kurdish friends, which made us look like unreliable allies. Holding up aid to Ukraine weakened its defenses against Russian aggression and made it look like we are not fully supporting them.