Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were my heroes. In their time, the Republican party represented fiscal responsibility, political savvy, respect for the views of others and moral leadership. Our country commanded worldwide admiration. We were respected by both our adversaries and our allies. Donald Trump's presidency has changed all that.

No longer do we lead. No longer are we admired and respected. His endorsement of Roy Moore, a homophobic bigot, racist, accused sexual predator and pedophile, is confirmation of his own philosophies. By endorsing Moore, he has "given permission” to the party to take the low road. Even the RNC is crawling in his footsteps. Trump's leadership from below makes Richard Nixon look good.

Jack Graef

SaddleBrooke

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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