According to Jim Brant’s fire and brimstone diatribe (letter, July 10), President Trump is a racist. But certain facts just don’t add up.

On Jan. 2, 2016, Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea. After seven years of the Obama administration’s state department being in place, Otto was still being held by North Korea.

Was Obama a racist for not getting a white kid out of North Korea, or just inept? I believe the latter.

Fast forward to Nov. 8, 2017. Trump has been in office less than a year when three African-American basketball players from UCLA, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are arrested for stealing in the largest communist nation on the planet, China.

CNN reported they could be in jail for months. Trump had them home in less than a week. Not exactly your Democratic Gov. George Wallace of Alabama blocking the door for three African-American students in a 1963 racist moment.

On Dec. 21, 2018, Trump signed the First Step Act for prison reform. Who benefited the most from this bill? Minorities that comprise the bulk of our federal prison system.

Black unemployment is at its all-time low in the U.S. along with Latino jobs.

On Trump the person? He is a rich, narcissistic boob. That being said, the last truly nice individual I voted for as president was in 1976, Jimmy Carter.

By the end of that four-year debacle, I was laid off from my job for six years and my first home was purchased on land contract at 12 percent interest and my wife and I thought we got a good “deal” as banks were charging 14.5 percent.

Even after Bill Clinton soiled the Oval Office, I voted for his second term when we had welfare reform, a balanced federal budget and I was working all the overtime I wanted.

Craig Nichols