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Letter: Criticizing the president is Americans’ right

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: September 10, 2018
  • Published September 10, 2018

In the past two weeks, two letters to the editor have appeared from two individuals asking people to stop complaining about the president, the commander-in-chief.

As a citizen of the U.S., I have the freedom of speech to discuss our president open and freely. It is also the right of U.S. citizens to hold our president accountable to his actions and deeds everyday. It is every citizen's right to hold accountable any federal, state or local politician, and we should continue to do so without people trying to rebuff those that speak out.

Obviously, these two individuals are Trump supporters, which is their right, but why do many Trump supporters such as these two feel that other U.S. citizens should not speak out about the president and label as "fake news" articles, cartoons or letters to the editor that oppose him? I guess they consider all negative news on the president "fake news" unless it comes from a news outlet supportive of the president.

As far as the cartoons on the president or any political person, that is political satire, which has been around since the beginning of the printed word. Just look at old cartoons in older publications such as The New Yorker or The Saturday Evening Post to see their old satire cartoons.

I just wonder if the same people who say we should not talk negative against President Donald Trump had the same feelings for past presidents such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or others?

For the record, I did not vote for either of the main candidates in this last presidential election — but I did vote — so I am not slanted toward any particular party.
— Ed Thomas

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