How Trump turned a president's most sacred duty into a disgraceful controversy

There's nothing Trump won't turn into an arena of disputation and division

The receptive president.
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We often expect too much of those we elect president. We want them to bring us prosperity, create peace around the world, prevent tragedy from befalling us, and solve every societal ill. We give them more blame than they deserve when things go poorly and more credit than they deserve when things go well. And yet when we try to be more modest in our demands, we might at least ask that they not make everything worse — and right now, that would mean asking of the president that he not exacerbate the intense and ugly divisions that mark this era in our history.

It's a nice thought. But instead what we've got is Donald J. Trump. His talents may be sometimes hard to locate, but one thing he's very good at is sowing division and discord.

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