Regarding the Nov. 6 front-page article “In search of Trump country” :
I hope the Swedish ambassador and her entourage get a full understanding of the Trump phenomenon, but her tour guide, a former aide to President Barack Obama, may not be much help. Apparently, opponents of President Trump see his followers condescendingly as weird zoo creatures: “Do Trump voters go to libraries?” Indeed.
What we have here is a rebellion. A large-enough fraction of the population felt ignored, abandoned and held in contempt by the power elite. They had tried voting “responsibly” before and ended up with more of the same.
The Democratic campaign helped by choosing to focus on minority rights and liberal cultural issues that are irrelevant or even antagonistic to the mainstream. Instead, they should have focused on the perception that our economy was being sold overseas, with fat cats pocketing the proceeds.
Revolutions are messy things, and the results often are counterproductive. So Trump voters sacrificed their own economic interests to address their frustration at being culturally marginalized. That’s what really happened.
Stephen Parks, Derwood
It is unseemly for any foreign ambassador to examine American voters’ formulation of their views. It is particularly offensive that this is being done by a politician of a country that arrayed itself against the United States and all Europe in World War II, when instead of joining the war against Nazi Germany, Sweden chose to supply it with iron ore essential to the Nazi war machine.
The ambassador should be sent packing, and Sweden should be required to apologize before another ambassador is received.
William H. Kuehnle, Alexandria