Letter to the Editor: On the dangers of apathy

Headlines continue to affirm that Donald Trump is the Republican front runner for the race to the White House. For almost every such article I see saying as much, I see another talking about various hate crimes at his rallies and Trump’s apparent nonchalant responses to them.

For example, in Boston, a homeless Hispanic man was almost beaten to death by two brothers citing Trump as their inspiration. They allegedly said to police “Donald Trump was right; all these illegals need to be deported…” according to the Boston Globe and Washington Post. When asked about this at a rally, Trump responded with “…it would be a shame . . . I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” It was not until sometime later that he tweeted about it, condemning violence but still condoning the passion.

Regardless of our political leanings, we ought to ask ourselves if this is the kind of response we want from a President in the face of a hate crime committed in his name. I am not writing this letter in favor of any particular party affiliation. I am simply writing as a Veteran and concerned citizen of this great country. I worry, as we all should, about the level of apathy in the average voter. As the presidential election gets closer, let’s all make sure to vote and that we do it in the most informed way possible. Whether conservative or liberal, we should all be concerned this year with who wins the keys to the White House.

Jonathan Quiñones

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