“With all the attention focused on surviving the daily exploits of President Fox News Grandpa, there isn’t much time to assess how we’re going to put the pieces back together again when he’s gone,” Esquire is reporting. “Occasionally, we get a sign of how massive the task will be. It’s clear now that the ceaseless work Donald Trump has done to dismantle, among other things, the norms around presidential behavior will not easily be reversed. Just take a look at Thursday’s exhibition:
“But wait—what did Biden do to attract the ire of our Normal Adult President? During a recent speech at the University of Miami, he threatened to beat up the president.
“’A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere, and she likes it,’ Biden said on Tuesday, according to ABC News. ‘They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’ ”
“It’s a sign that the coarsening of our political discourse, for which Trump bears a hugely outsized responsibility, is having an effect on many of our large adult leaders. Talk of physically attacking your political enemies is not suddenly kosher because the president is crass and hateful and lacks respect, in a profound way, for other human beings. Biden and Trump won’t ever actually get violent. Can we say the same about every one of their supporters?”
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