It was the view of Lawrence Leigh (“What would yesterday’s Utahns have made of Donald Trump?” Dec. 9) that those who recently voted for Trump “overlooked” his personality because we “liked” his presidential achievements. A president’s character “looms larger” than his accomplishments, according to Mr. Leigh.
Conversely, President Trump greatly embellished my view of his character through his hard work and dedication in making this country far better than when he was elected. As a billionaire playboy with some prior actions reflecting dubiously on his character, my early expectations were quite low.
Now, in retrospect, even his detractors (such as Mr. Leigh) should be genuinely appreciative of the monumental measured accomplishments that are directly attributable to Trump’s strong leadership. He greatly enhanced our economy (pre-pandemic), extensively improved our border security, rebuilt and improved our military, enabled peace deals in the Middle-East far beyond anyone’s imagination (note his multiple award nominations) — and his positive list of accomplishments goes on and on.
Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett apparently coined an appropriate explanation for a Trump-like presidency. He opined that while sometimes this country might need a Mother-Teresa type for president, at other times a Dirty-Harry type would serve far better when positive results were more essential than style points.