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Submitted by David (Israel), Jan 12, 2022 at 18:43

Thank you Robert for complimenting me on my Engllish but no, I am not an anglophone. I was born in Russia, lived there until the age of 16 (which made me a fierce anti-socialist), made aliya, did my high school and academic studies In Israel, served in the IDF and lived here for the several decades of the rest of my life, leaving the country only for a brief 3-year tenure in a couple of non-anglophone countries.

Not that all of the above is relevant at all, I only mention these facts to refute your assumption that I am some kind of Liberal East- or West-coast Trump-hating Jew or even a Muslim Arab (nothing wrong with being one of these two, by the way :)) rather than who I really am, a hadrcore, hard-nosed, center right anti-socialist Zionist Israeli.

I would expect you to respond to the essence of what I wrote, and not to seek ad hominem conspiration-theoretic explanations of opinions that do not match your own admiration of Trump, based on some kind of presumed identity that apparently fits your stereotype of people who are disgusted by Trump. At least in my case, your stereotypes do not work.

Now to the point. While indeed I find Trump's style totally disgusting, I do judge Trump mainly by what he does/did and not by what he says. And among the bad things he does/did (I already mentioned he did some good things for Israel, which add to the balance but the overall balance is still overwhelmingly bad) are:

- fomenting popular hatred of half of America against the other half
- inciting his supporters to the point of insurrection against American democracy
- destroying the historic bi-partisan consensus of support for Israel int he US, this seriously undermining Israel's long term interests (and short term interests under the current administration)
- talking the talk but not walking the walk in continuing the Obama policy of pulling out of the Middle East, abandoning US allies (except Israel) which has largely offset the effect of Abraham accords in terms of security for Israel, as countries like Saudi Arabia lost faith in US and are now seeking to improve relations with Iran
- letting Putin completely take over Syria and generally sucking up to Putin
- destroying US relations with NATO allies through stupid isolationist foregn policy
- destroying US relations and influence by stupidly offending Western European leaders

The list goes on but I will stop here.

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