To the Editor:

Op-Ed columnist J. Peder Zane’s attempt to elevate the moral fiber, sensibility, and character of Donald Trump supporters (Connecticut Post, July 9) flies in the face of reality. Trump himself questioned the sensibility of his own supporters with a blistering assessment of their lack of good judgment. Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t loser any voters.” The frightening truth is that Trump is probably correct.

Even Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, said, in essence, that Trump’ primary campaign was a phony, carefully crafted performance, meant to appeal to the gullible and the senseless.

In their infinite wisdom, a plurality of Republican voters have elevated to their party leadership a person who is unrestrained by scruples, unencumbered by decency, indifferent to what is truth and what is fiction, oblivious to what is absurd, uncaring about what is preposterous, not bothered by vulgarity and violence, a pathological serial liar, and someone whose ludicrous positions and policies are whatever pops into his head.

To tweak something once said by Winston Churchill, and contrary to Mr. Zane’s opinion, the best argument against Donald Trump is to have a five-minute conversation with an average Trump supporter.

Richard Ross