Trump has given us no reason to respect him | Letter

Some Trump supporters believe we should all respect the man we just elected President. Here’s why some don’t.

On Oct. 24, 2016, the New Yorker published a startling article based, in part, on the book “The Lost Tycoon.” The article adds context to the “Access Hollywood” tape and the several sexual assault allegations against Trump.

The book’s author, Harry Hurt, obtained a copy of Ivana Trump’s 1990 sworn divorce deposition. In it, she stated that her husband had raped her in a fit of rage.

Hurt wrote that “Trump was furious that a ‘scalp reduction’ operation he’d had to eliminate a bald spot had been unexpectedly painful. Ivana had recommended the plastic surgeon.”

“In retaliation, Trump yanked out a handful of his wife’s hair, then forced himself on her sexually.

“Trump has denied both the rape allegation and the suggestion that he had a scalp-reduction procedure. Hurt said that the incident, detailed in Ivana’s deposition, was confirmed by two of her friends.”

Hurt’s publisher was pressured to insert a statement by Ivana in the flyleaf. In it, she confirms that she had claimed Trump raped her, but she did not want readers to interpret that “in a literal or criminal sense.” She added, “As a woman, I felt violated.”

So why should we respect Trump?

Peter D. Bullard