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"Trump’s accomplishment is his complete and consistent rejection of the conventional etiquette of the office — of public comportment that speaks to the best in us. Other presidents have at least done a pantomime of the qualities that we try to instill in children: humility, honesty, magnanimity, generosity. Even Nixon took his stabs at these. Trump makes a proud and almost ceaseless mockery of them. It’s one thing to fall short of them, as so many presidents have. It’s quite another to step onto the inaugural stage, put your hand on the Bible and then go out of your way to belittle the past presidents who are sitting just a few feet away. He wasn’t just assaulting propriety. He was fashioning a new model of leadership which could strut and seethe and whine like this. He was consigning an entire roster of virtues to the junkyard of the quaint."