"Trumping" Civility

"Trumping" Civility

What does it mean to be civil? Don't ask Trump.
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This Wednesday, reporters asked President Trump if he thinks the President of the United States should behave more civilly than he has been throughout the last 11 months.

He replied, "I think the press makes me more uncivil than I am. You know, people don't understand. I went to an Ivy League college, I was a nice student. I did very well. I'm a very intelligent person. You know, the fact is, I think, I really believe, I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person."

Along with taking the time to compliment himself, once again, the President also demonstrated a lack of understanding of the word "civil" in the first place. Education and intelligence are not requirements of civility, so going to an Ivy League University has very little to do with his lack of ability to handle foreign and domestic issues with diplomacy.

To be civil is to be respectful and courteous towards others, even if/when you don't agree with them.

Being civil means NOT calling out every senator on Twitter whenever they don't support your legislation and assigning them ridiculous nicknames in an attempt to emasculate them. Civility is handling tough situations with grace and being able to admit when you're wrong and learning from your mistakes.

I think it's safe to say that President Trump has rarely been civil or acted presidentially, and the few times he has, meaning he just stuck to reading the teleprompter, he managed to shock the country so much that he was applauded for simply behaving the way he is supposed to.

Still, Trump claims the media is at fault for the way in which we perceive him. While there will always be bias in whatever form of journalism and reporting there is, playing clips of Trump speaking and discussing his actual tweets is in no way the media creating their own version of Trump.

He is in charge of creating his own image and he always has been. It is only now that he's leading a nation that he's being held accountable for what he says and the way in which he says it because now he is not solely speaking for himself.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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7 Hilariously Dramatic Reactions To Trump's Presidency

Funny Liberal Reactions From When Trump Won the Presidency

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Before I got to Villanova's campus, I found myself in a group chat with other conservative future Villanovians. One of our conversations was about how our peers reacted to the result of the 2016 presidential election. Here are 7 of the most over dramatic ones!

1. "Somebody called me a racist b**** because I said I wasn't sad after the 2016 election." -MK

Come on people. You yell at us for stereotyping everyone and you're doing the same thing!

2. "My school was almost shut down because teachers were 'emotionally unstable' for the whole week [after the election]." -CS

This is just plain over dramatic...

3. "A teacher at my sister's school brought a 'Congratulations Hillary' banner the day before the election, then cried the day after." -NK

Adults crying over politics... very mature.

4. "We didn't have family Christmas one year because my aunt refused to be in a house with Trump supporters." -SH

haha. I don't really know what to say to this...

5. "The day after the election our principal made an announcement that we should be kind because 'it was a sensitive day for everyone' and whoever wore a Trump hat was sent to the office and written up." -CS

Schools really gotta quit pushing their liberal views on everyone.

6. "For AP Gov we took a trip to DC and all the liberals were crying when a bunch of us wore Trump hats." -MR

Chill out guys come on.

7. "I wore a Trump hat to school after the election and people kept trying to rip it off my head and kept calling me racist." -JB

Very mature guys.

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