Leonard Pitts Jr

Leonard Pitts Jr

The secret - not! - is out: Trump is a lousy excuse for a U.S. president

Nine months in, we live in a state of enveloping chaos — nuclear tensions on the rise; social tensions tearing at the thin fabric of national unity; Puerto Rico drowned, in the dark, and ignored; American kids facing mass deportation, and all of it presided over by a Twitter-holic ignoramus who has more beefs than a cattle rancher. This is not a presidency — it is a national emergency.

About Leonard Pitts Jr

Leonard Pitts Jr

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Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novels, Grant Park, Freeman, and Before I Forget. His column runs every Sunday and Wednesday. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was released in 2009.

On Sept. 11, 2001, he wrote a column on the terrorist attacks that received a huge response from readers who deluged him with more than 26,000 e-mails. It was posted on the Internet, chain-letter style. Read the column and others on the topic of September 11.

You can also read Pitts' series, What Works?, a series of columns about programs anywhere in the country that show results in improving the lives of black children.

Leonard also wrote the 2008 series I Am A Man, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.

Email Leonard at lpitts@MiamiHerald.com or visit his website at www.leonardpittsjr.com

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