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Two flawed presidential candidates 

This comment is in response to the June 2 commentary in New Times, “Dump Trump” by Zaf Iqbal. This second-in-a-row, monthly anti-Trump rant confirms my belief that rather than sharing any objectivity, Mr. Iqbal has made up his mind with an obvious academic-oriented, left-leaning bias. In contrast, though I support Trump, I see both candidates as flawed. I even agree with some, though not all, of Mr. Iqbal’s criticism.

I’m old enough to remember the prime-time, Bill Clinton pronouncement, as he looked straight into my eyes through the TV and said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski.” I must say after watching his confident, definitive statement, I believed him. No president would ever look directly into the eyes of millions of Americans and lie. But history confirms that he did.

Now I watch Hillary respond to questions about her private email server saying that she did nothing wrong with the same confidence displayed by her husband some 20 or so years ago. And, I think, we all know what she’s saying is not true, that it’s an absolute lie that has already been exposed as such. So what I take away from this is to just not believe anything I hear coming from the Clintons. Fool me once: You know how that goes.

So, if anything, I would ask Mr. Iqbal to insert some balance into his criticism. Do we prefer a hard-charging, bombastic businessman or a serial liar in the Oval Office? Unfortunately, not the most appealing of choices, but my guess is Mr. Iqbal leans toward the liar.

-- Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

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