Is Donald Trump's behavior presidential? | The Tylt
Donald Trump was a nontraditional candidate, and now he's a remarkably unconventional president. His critics are aghast at his conduct: swearing at rallies, tweeting insults and calling unstable world leaders names seems undignified and even dangerous to many. But his supporters applaud his behavior. They say Trump's unvarnished talk, decisive action and desire to flout convention is just what we need. Even Trump described himself as "modern day presidential." What do you think?
Is Donald Trump's behavior presidential?
Trump's detractors say he continues to lower the bar for the office of the presidency.
The simple fact is this: With every passing day, it becomes more and more clear that Trump not only will never act "presidential" but also seems to revel in taking the very word -- and concept -- and dragging it through the mud.
Many said his refusal to unequivocally condemn white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and insistence that there was wrongdoing "on many sides" was perhaps his most unpresidential moment.
Trump's threat during his United Nations speech to "totally destroy" North Korea alarmed both Americans and the international community.
But others welcome his bombastic style, and say it's exactly what 21st-century America needs.
Trump is showing a strong, measured response here on North Korea. Very Presidential.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) September 23, 2017
Trump himself claims he is redefining the meaning of presidential.
My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
However, 70% of Americans say he's not acting like a president.
And even the president's allies say his antagonistic behavior undercuts conservative policy goals and gives ammunition to his enemies.
Trump fight with NFL players dumb and unpresidential. He continues to blow attention to his good policies. Hands a loaded gun to the left.— Bill Stone (@billstonelpg) September 25, 2017
Others hold out hope for a presidential pivot.
This tax reform speech might be the most presidential speech that Trump has ever delivered.— Amanda Kohut (@AmandaKohut) September 27, 2017