It’s not just Trump – presidents and politicians have long shredded etiquette
Donald Trump has achieved something unique: He is the first and only president to face not one but two impeachments . But even though the U.S. Senate is still expected to exonerate him from charges that he incited the deadly Capitol insurrection, Americans already know that he won’t go down in history as a model of civility .
Examples of his bad manners abounded from day one of his presidency. When he gave his inaugural speech , Trump in 2017 craftily avoided any nod to his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton, or to the other half of the electorate.
Then he started embarrassing foreign leaders during official trips . “Time after time, diplomatic niceties fell by the wayside as the president contradicted and undermined his hosts,” the Associated Press reported in mid-2019.
After the 2020 election, Trump did not congratulate President-elect Joe Biden – and did not attend the inaugural ceremony in January.
As the nation celebrates Presidents Day, it’s good to remember, however, that Trump is not alone in his transgressions of civility. In reality, the shredding of etiquette by presidents, other politicians and public officials has long been a feature of American politics. Ungraciousness is bipartisan: The public has not forgotten […]