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Letters: Treat crude, obnoxious candidate like children: ignore him

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump AP

If a sixth-grade boy becomes exceptionally crude and obnoxious, we might take away his audience (isolate him) or simply ignore the behavior. His reward is attention, and if nobody pays attention he may decide to give up this character trait. It’s good if that happens early in life.

If an “adult” politician is exceptionally crude and obnoxious, we might respond by simply not reporting it or paying any attention. He’s probably too set in his ways to give up the character disorder, but at least the rest of us won’t have to listen to breathless media descriptions three times every day.

Richard C. Massey

Columbia

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