Deseret News
Letter to the editor

In 1988, the Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination, Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, withdrew from the race when it was reported he was having an extramarital affair, though at the time he had been separated from his wife. Popular opinion, right or wrong, declared then that character is a litmus test of leadership.

Fast forward to 2018. Our current president is alleged to have had an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels, a porn star. Further, she was allegedly paid $130,000 to stay quiet about it. And this is in addition to a dozen other claims of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. So far, popular opinion, right or wrong, has determined that character doesn’t matter a whit.

Or does it?

Gerald Elias

Salt Lake City