LETTERS: Believing Trump; tariffs

Why I believe Trump

I’d like to thank President Trump for helping me decide on who to support in the Texas Senate race.

Trump has referred to Ted Cruz as “lying Ted.” He also said that Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. I believe these are the only two times Trump has told the truth in the last two years.

I will be voting for Beto O’Rourke!

Sam Barnett, Edinburg

In defense of the president’s tariffs

Letter writer John Garza of McAllen is quick to point out the supposed abuses of power of the Trump ad-ministration, such as pardons and trade wars and declassification of secret and sensitive material. Gee, John, the coin also has two sides.

President Obama pardoned 1,927 people convicted of federal crimes, and you talk about abuse of powers for personal vendettas by the current office holder but forget to mention that the Obama administration was accused of using the IRS to attack Tea Party members by having them audited unfairly.

The Tea Party members sued and were awarded a $3.5 million settlement in their lawsuit against the IRS. And you know, John, you should take a class in Economics 101, as unfair tariffs from China and the EU have cost American workers thousands of jobs, trade free of tariffs is what President Trump is working toward, not the current status quo that has American cars paying tariffs 10 to 25 percent and higher depending on the country while they import cars at an average of 2.5 percent.

We now have a president who is not apologetic and tells the EU and Japan and China, to lower your tariffs on U.S. goods or suffer the consequences. I ask, is it fair that VWs, BMWs, Toyotas and Nissans, just to mention a few, are imported under a tariff rate cheaper than American cars receive?

If this is an abuse of power, John, it has created more jobs, energized an American economy, and raised the standards of living for millions of Americans, something the previous office holder never accomplished in his eight years.

Jake Longoria, Mission

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