This letter by retired member Larry Hoffner was published in the New York Times on Nov. 6, 2017.
To the Editor:
Re “Mueller Won’t Shake Trump’s Base” (Op-Ed, Oct. 31):
David French is most fortunate to be able to discuss politics with those who support Donald Trump. That is something that I have forsaken. When facts, civility, character and overt lying are either dismissed or ignored, there is no room for a reasonable discussion.
It is the “fake news” assertions of Mr. Trump, in response to news that is critical of him or portrays him negatively, that have poisoned any possibility of a reasoned dialogue. When the president of the United States said that it was “disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” I realized how limited his understanding is of basic democratic concepts.
The real danger behind his reckless attacks is that he sows the seeds of doubt, making all news stories and all facts relative.
I hope we can reclaim a healthy political environment in which there is a consensus of facts, but until such a time many will refrain from political conversation with Mr. Trump’s base.
LARRY HOFFNER, NEW YORK