Donald Trump is a terrible person, but he is not our country’s worst problem. He is a symptom of it.

Trump lies constantly. He has shown little compassion for people. He dodged the draft during the Viet Nam era, then disparaged war hero John McCain. He vulgarly bragged about groping women and is facing harassment allegations.

Trump’s failure to condemn Russia for its involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign is conspicuous. He referred to neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”

He attacks the press because it prevents him from becoming the dictatorial ruler he desperately wants to be. The real danger to democracy, however, is not from Trump but from the people who support him.

As the investigation into Russian involvement in our elections gets closer to Trump, expect him to ramp up efforts to goad the childish leader of North Korea to nuclear war. Trump’s narcissism, lack of compassion for people, and unethical behavior suggest he could without conscience cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people simply to avoid impeachment and an unflattering position in history.

Let’s hope the investigation into Russia’s meddling in our election gets rid of Trump before he does more damage.

Dave Wester

Baraboo