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State of the Union: What Would Count as 'Presidential' from Trump?

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

State of the Union: What Would Count as 'Presidential' from Trump?

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In her New York Times column this morning, Michelle Goldberg begs you, and especially the commentariat, not to declare President Trump “presidential” if he expresses some desire to bring the country together.

Here are a few snippets from her column titled “Please Don’t Call Him Presidential.”

I’m begging my fellow pundits not to get too excited should Trump manage to read from a teleprompter without foaming at the mouth or saying anything overtly racist….

… At best, Trump will succeed in impersonating a minimally competent leader for roughly the length of an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’ And if he does, recent history suggests that he will be praised as the second coming of Lincoln.

Goldberg predicts that Trump will try to ratchet down the anger and self-obsession. He should, of course, and maybe he will. …

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