Trump should not be treated as serious candidate

April 30, 2011

Ron Smith complains that the media "won't let" Donald Trump be elected president ("Donald Trump will never be president," April 21), but in fact he is not a serious candidate and deserves no serious coverage unless he acts like one. Not only does he show a poor grasp of the hard questions of policy and pander to racists with his fatuous demands for birth certificates and transcripts, he has no political web site. A search for contact information turns up only the business site, which includes an explicit note that unrelated emails will not be answered or forwarded.

A man who does not want to hear from citizens about issues has no interest in political office; the impossibility of electing him is due not to "the media" but to himself.

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam, Baltimore

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