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Do presidents need to be role models?

There have been more than 50 incidents nationwide in which a K-12 student "invoked Trump’s name or message in an apparent effort to harass a classmate during the past school year," according to Buzzfeed News. Many say Donald Trump is no role model—but do presidents need to be role models? Trump supporters say he's exactly what America needs: blunt, politically incorrect, and a maverick. Others call it a disgrace that American children associate the president with bullying. What do you think?

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Let's face it: presidents are politicians, and politicians rarely make good role models. That's just the nature of the job. While the office of the presidency is incredibly important, let's not idealize the past. There have been presidents who have done truly reprehensible things, had questionable personal lives, and have held vile opinions. What's more important is what a president achieves for the country: character is secondary.

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For those who think presidents should be role models, the recent Buzzeed report is enormously discouraging. Teachers and school administrators told Buzzfeed it was hard to tell students they couldn't say things that the president has already said, even when their bullying was making other students feel unsafe.

"At a time of thick political and racial tensions, and of heightened worries among people of color, what is a teacher to say when a student asks: Why can the president say it but I can’t?"
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Fifty-two percent of Republicans do think President Trump is a good role model, compared to 26 percent of the population at large. A president can't have a good standing if at least his base doesn't think he is a good role model.

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Others say whether or not Trump is a role model is totally irrelevant—that's not his or any other president's job.

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The Founding Fathers owned slaves. Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. FDR put Japanese-Americans in internment camps. Truman dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Reagan ignored AIDS and sold weapons to the Iranians illegally. Clinton cheated with an intern in the Oval Office. Enough with the role model requirement.

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