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To Donald, my classmate

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By Michael L. McManus

It has been suggested by many that it is proper and virtuous to congratulate the winner of a contest, regardless of many things, not the least of which would be the virtues and foibles of the winner. I am not here to do that. But I am here to express my congratulations and well wishes and God's speed to the new President-elect Donald Trump.

Some of my readers have been carefully following this thread. Am I for or against? Whose side am I on? And, why? Was McManus a Clintonite, or a Trumpee?

I have hundreds or thousands of student followers here in Korea from the three universities at which I have had the honor to teach: Gachon University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Sookmyung Women's University. They follow my writings and we stay in touch through the amazing networks like Facebook.

Whenever the subject of who would be best as the next President of the USA (POTUSA) came up, I would be in a real dilemma. See, I am a professor, mostly, i.e., a teacher. I am a writer of books, and a columnist for the great Korea Times. I have a very deep sense of responsibility. I could affect others' opinions, and deeply.

Words are crucial. Every slant, here or there, could brand you, one lethal way or another, with associating or supporting the wrong candidate.

All through this with the 2016 US Presidential election, I had this problem, yet with another layer or two on top of all this! Here is the very key set of facts that have been personally most amusing, and in my recent writing, most encumbering. Donald and I are classmates. We are........

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