Moral leadership needed in White House

Moral leadership is an essential quality of the American presidency — sorely lacking now. Donald Trump’s failure to put Americans first threatens our safety, health and economy.

During the first debate, Trump was asked to denounce white supremacy. Trump responded, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” a deeply troubling reply for white supremacists to be on the ready.

Trump’s early denial of the coronavirus threat caused countless deaths and crushed the economy. We still lack a national plan and sufficient supplies to fight COVID-19. Trump shows indifference to safe practices while COVID-19 deaths are spiking and the economy is stalling.

Trump’s denial of scientific, fact-based information allows him to implement policies that accelerate climate change and degrade our environment. He’s eliminated over 100 regulations that protect air and water quality and restrict harmful chemicals. Meanwhile, unprecedented fires rage, flooding and hurricane destruction increase, and food supplies are threatened.

Trump’s separation of thousands of Mexican children from their parents is unconscionable. Many family members were lost in the system and not reunited.

Trump’s 2017 tax cuts mostly helped billionaires. The top .01% now pays a lower tax rate than any other group for the first time in history. Trump paid no income taxes in 10 out of 15 years. He promises to cut the capital gains tax in a second term — 99% of the benefit would go to the richest 1%.

Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. He calls mail-in-ballots a “disaster” during a pandemic and wants election results called early to eliminate most mail-in ballots.

Vote by mail asap. Track your ballot at myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyVoterInfo. Or vote in person if it’s safe for you.

We need the Biden-Harris team to restore integrity to the White House.

Kathy Kascewicz

Fifield