U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney says it's "un-American" and "unpatriotic" to protest the Trump agenda, as many Democrats did during the State of the Union. (And as I and thousands of friends did in Seneca Falls a week earlier!)

Really? So it's "pro-American" to repeatedly disdain and denigrate Hispanics, African-Americans, women and immigrants? It's "patriotic" to tolerate or echo the alt-right's racist hate?

Is rolling back critically important environmental protections really in the best interests of our country? (If you love the outdoors as my family does, and want to pass a healthy planet to your grandkids, and somehow still support the Trump agenda, please explain.)

Whether you're Republican, Democrat, or independent, there's nothing patriotic about supporting the Trump agenda — as both Reps. Tenney and John Katko, unfortunately, and consistently, do.

Jim Ellis