Recognizing President-elect Donald Trump’s perceived statements regarding Israel, and hoping that he fulfills those promises, it is nevertheless dismaying to me that your evaluation fails to address Mr. Trump’s consistent lack of civility, as well as his many misogynistic comments throughout the campaign (“Which Trump Will We Get?” Nov. 11, Editorial).
Both of these attributes of his campaign are contrary to the values of any branch of Judaism. I cannot think of any presidential candidate over the course of my lifetime, starting with Eisenhower and Stevenson, regardless of their politics, whom I could not point out to my children or grandchildren as someone to be emulated on a personal level, with the possible exception of Richard Nixon at the time of his re-election.
My children attended yeshiva and participated in NCSY activities during the 1990s, when certain issues regarding inappropriate behavior of NCSY personnel arose. My wife and I as well as my children are particularly sensitive to the OU’s perceived lack of attention at that time to certain ethical issues of that day. Unfortunately, I do not see a significant change as of this evaluation.