Pres­i­den­tial be­hav­ior?

The Dallas Morning News - - Editorials | Letters -

Re: “White House cuts CNN re­porter’s ac­cess,” Thurs­day elec­tion briefs.

There is a rea­son par­ents don’t swear or use abu­sive lan­guage in front of their chil­dren. They are role mod­els, as they should be. Over and over, ed­i­to­ri­als and opin­ion pieces beg us to use ci­vil­ity and re­straint when ad­dress­ing each other. Yet our potty-mouth-in-chief con­tin­ues to model rude and di­vi­sive lan­guage and bul­ly­ing be­hav­ior.

In the lat­est ex­am­ple, he called a CNN re­porter a “rude and a ter­ri­ble per­son.” His sup­port­ers think this is just fine be­cause he’s be­ing “plain­spo­ken” and “speak­ing truth to power.”

The ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­can cit­i­zenry should take the high road and set an ex­am­ple for him and his min­ions, while they ap­peal to baser in­stincts and fol­low from be­hind.

Christina Ball, Dal­las

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