To the editor:

The “It's Our Turn” column, "Things President Trump has taught me" by Karen Tolkkinen was smug and self-righteous. If her intent was to insult a large percentage of Echo readers, she was successful.

I will start with her most egregious error, No. 9. "Make friends with the marginalized...I'm talking neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other 'very fine people.' " Tolkkinen is repeating the journalistic malfeasance of the mainstream media. Trump was describing the peaceful protestors who were on two different sides of the issue of "whether or not to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee," he was not referring to neo-Nazis or white supremacists. In fact, he condemned the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the very same speech.

No. 5. Call people names. If we’re going to make a list of politicians who have stooped to name calling, why not start with Hillary Clinton who called a large segment of Americans, "deplorables," or Minnesota's Representative Ilhan Omar, who has made a series of anti-Semitic comments such as "It's all about the Benjamins baby."

No. 2. "Blame things that start with "M." The migrants, the media, the Muslims, the Mueller report." The migrants you are talking about are illegal aliens, and don't call me a racist, my grandchildren are first generation Mexican Americans.

No. 4. Concoct imaginary supporters. Trump, to your surprise and horror, will most likely win in a landslide because Democrats' progressive vision can be summed up in two repetitive campaign promises: 1. Promote the idea that unborn children are simply an inconvenience and a burden and provide unlimited abortion at any point up to and including birth at taxpayer expense as a solution. 2. Focus on impeaching Trump.

Ann Redding

Minneapolis, MN