Trump thinks words don’t matter. He’s wrong

Should a president ever use words like that? Of course not. Would it be beneath the dignity of his office? Certainly.  If he did, would he be the first president to use caustic language? Don’t kid yourself.

But here’s the thing: Donald Trump, a fixture on Twitter, may have less self-awareness than any president about what he can and cannot say in a room full of people in the age of social media. And because he has rejected the norms of American political life, his words will never be safe from attack.

The rules of both conduct and combat have changed in Washington. And Trump, the most divisive president of the last century, is largely responsible for that development. As a candidate, and now as president, he has kept railing against the political establishment, promising to drain the very swamp from which politicians derive their sustenance.

Why then, would the president expect anything that he says that might prove to be embarrassing not to be used against him? Words matter.

Donald Trump, a fixture on Twitter, may have less self-awareness than any president about what he can and cannot say in a room full of people in the age of social media. And because he has rejected the…

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