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Can Trump act with dignity the presidency demands?

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony

We recently expressed the hope that President Donald J. Trump would begin acting presidential and behave with the dignity the office demands.

At the risk of being told to grow up and start worrying about cleaning up the newspaper industry, that hasn’t happened. In fact, as characterized by a recent letter writer to the Call, the “buffoonery” of Trump continues.

We see it on a daily basis with his Twitter attacks that demean individuals, companies and the media. With his continued attacks, Trump can only be characterized as a cyberbully, given that he has nearly 23 million followers on Twitter.

So far, Trump has demonstrated that he is thin-skinned and petty — characteristics we believe are unbecoming of the leader of the free world.

As this columnist recently wrote in an email to a former political candidate, “If you intend to remain in the political arena, I would respectfully suggest you grow a thicker skin, as politicians are often the subject of criticism.”

Sadly, Trump has declared war on the press, contending much of it represents the “opposition party.”

“The dishonesty, the total deceit and deception makes them certainly partially the opposition party, absolutely,” the president said.

He’s certainly surrounded himself with some “quality” advisers — one introduced the concept of “alternative facts,” while another said, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”

Really? Trump continually rails about “fake news,” but the irony is not lost on us that he fails to see that’s exactly what “alternative facts” are.

Perhaps Trump and his advisers should take a look at the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, particularly the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of religion, speech and the press.

This isn’t a partisan issue, as we would call out an elected official of any party behaving like this.

In politics, we believe the voters are always right. Or in this case, the Electoral College is always right.

Remember the last president who won election through the Electoral College? That’s right, after eight years of George W. Bush this country descended into the greatest recession since the Great Depression.

Sadly, we believe in another truism in politics: People get the government they deserve.

Trump claimed he would unite us.

We’re still waiting for that to happen.

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