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Here are the tweets that set off yet another Trump Twitter controversy...

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Lindsay Graham, Ben Sasse, and other GOP leaders condemned the president's tweets.

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But again, what angers Trump's critics is often what appeals most to his supporters.

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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 think it's a disgrace that American children associate the president with bullying. 

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Some people say the American president is a role model, whether or not he wants to be one—but the behavior Trump models is unfortunately not civility, respect, or decorum.

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And plenty of Trump's supporters do see him as a role model: his business success, his unconventional approach to politics, his "America First" doctrine all make him greatly admirable to many. 

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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. JFK hired his brother as attorney general. 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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