Regarding Beth Harpaz’s March 5 Focus article “Crude campaign wouldn't shock Founding Fathers”: None of the Founding Fathers’ mutual put-downs were public.
Nonetheless, other Founding Fathers deemed John Adams bad-tempered and mercurial. Alexander Hamilton was distrusted as ambitious for too much power. Neither supported civil liberties, favoring the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Federalist Party leaders considered one or the other offender unfit for further office after 1799. That split doomed the party.
Donald Trump combines the faults of both men. Will the GOP hold together?
James H. Galloway