Trump is not the problem
In response to the letter from Oleta Thomas stating that President Trump is dividing our country I respectfully submit the following: Trump inherited a country that was already seriously divided when he took office after eight disastrous years of Barack Obama. Obama set race relations back almost 50 years during his term in office by intentionally pitting black against white and doing very little for those “minorities” that voted for him. Crime is still rampant in cities such as Chicago and Detroit and we have seen the unprecedented targeting of police officers during his time in office. Of the “hate” groups you referenced, the KKK and neo-Nazi groups such as the “skinheads” have been around for years — the KKK in particular was founded in 1866 in the post-Civil War South — yet you fail to mention groups such as Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, who intentionally use violent tactics to promote their cause. ANTIFA, in particular, is a left-wing extremist group formed after Trump was elected with the explicit purpose of trying to subvert his presidency. Conservatives sat peacefully by for eight long years during the Obama disaster, waiting and hoping for change. Now that we have a conservative president in office, the Democrats and the liberal left have gone insane and have vowed to circumvent everything he tries to do rather than giving the man a chance.
With regards to your comments about Lincoln, you need to understand that the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 only freed the slaves in the Confederate States—it did nothing for the many black people who were still held in bondage in the North.
So there are two sides to every coin, Ms. Thomas, and the report by the SPLC that extremist, secessionist, militant movements are popping up all over the country does not mean it should be attributed to Trump. Many of these organizations have been around for quite a while—they are nothing new and have nothing to do with Trump. He is not the problem.
ROBERT ANDERSON, Casper