During the Revolutionary War, a brilliant young officer distinguished himself in several pivotal campaigns. He was with Ethan Allen at the  capturing of Fort Ticonderoga; he played a critical role in the effort to take Quebec; and he saved the day at the Battle of Saratoga (despite suffering a serious leg injury). He also cobbled together a naval fleet to turn back the British on Lake Champlain in a battle that many historians say saved the American Revolution.

However, his subsequent treason and attempt to turn over plans to the American fortifications at West Point, New York, have banished his name from the pantheon of American war heroes.

Your editorial of Nov. 17, in its praise of Donald Trump for his considerable achievements as president without citing his disgraceful behavior following his loss in the 2020 election, reads like a biography of Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold that ends in 1778. It conveniently leaves out the treason part. While not as egregious as Arnold’s treason, Mr. Trump’s affront to the Constitution, our electoral system and the dignity of the office he held certainly should be cause for his banishment from any serious political party or any government institution.

Oakton, Virginia

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