THE REPUBLICAN’S GUIDE TO PRESIDENTIAL ETIQUETTE: (This list is meant to ensure that Republican leaders never forget what they now condone in a president )

THE REPUBLICAN’S GUIDE TO PRESIDENTIAL ETIQUETTE: (This list is meant to ensure that Republican leaders never forget what they now condone in a president )

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Republicans used to care a whole lot about how a president comported himself, and whether he acted at all times with the dignity his station demands.

 

“Is President Obama Disrespecting the Oval Office?” Fox News asked in 2010, with a link to images of Mr. Obama and his aides tossing a football, or eating apples just inches from the Resolute desk.

 

“Wear a suit coat and tie,” said Andrew Card Jr., President George W. Bush’s former chief of staff, in reaction to pictures of Mr. Obama in shirtsleeves in 2009.

 

“I do expect him to send the message that people who are going to be in the Oval Office should treat the office with the respect that it has earned over history,” Mr. Card said.

But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.

 

So, if you are the president, you may:

Mock a foreign leader with a demeaning nickname and threaten his country with nuclear annihilation over Twitter

 

Call for the firing of “son of a bitch” athletes who choose to exercise their right to free speech

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Refer to the White House as “a real dump”

 

Spend the weekend golfing at your private club while the mayor of an American city wades through sewage-filled water to help citizens after a catastrophic hurricane, then accuse that mayor of “poor leadership” when she criticizes your administration’s slow response to the storm

 

Criticize victims of that hurricane still living without drinking water or electricity by saying they “want everything to be done for them

 

During a visit to some of those victims, throw rolls of paper towels at them and tell them they should be “very proud” that only 16 people have died so far, unlike in a “real catastrophe”

 

Attack a senator battling terminal cancer

 

Pick nominees to the federal bench who call a sitting Supreme Court justice a “judicial prostitute” and refer to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan”

 

Campaign hard for a Senate candidate; then when he appears likely to lose, say “I might have made a mistake” and later delete your tweets supporting him

 

Behave so erratically and irresponsibly that senators of your own party resort to saying you’re treated like an adult day-care student to keep you from starting World War III

Spend one of every three days as president visiting at least one of your own properties

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Publicly and privately humiliate your own attorney general for recusing himself from an investigation into your campaign

 

Say nothing when a foreign leader’s bodyguards brutally attack peaceful protesters in the streets of Washington, D.C.

 

 Tweet GIFs of yourself violently attacking the mediaand your former political opponent

 

Encourage police officers not to be “too nice” when apprehending criminal suspects

 

Help draft a misleading statement about the purpose of a meeting between your son, other top campaign aides and representatives of a rival foreign power intent on interfering in the election

 

Deliver a speech to the Boy Scouts of America that includes mockery of a former president and winking references to sexual orgies, and then lie by claiming that the head of that organization called and told you it was the best speech ever delivered in Boy Scout history

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Hang a framed copy of a fake Time magazine cover celebrating your business acumen in your golf clubs around the world

 

Mock a female television anchor’s appearance, saying the anchor was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at a holiday gathering at your private resort

 

Force your cabinet members to take turns extolling your virtues in front of television cameras

 

Welcome into the Oval Office a man who threatened to assassinate your predecessor, whom he called a “subhuman mongrel,” and who referred to your political opponent as a “worthless bitch”

 

Continue to deny that Russia attempted to influence the presidential election, despite the consensus of the American intelligence community — and yet also blame your predecessor for not doing anything to stop that interference

 

Grant temporary White House press credentials to a website that, among other things, claims that Sept. 11 was an “inside job” and that the massacre of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax

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Block people who criticize you on Twitter

 

Claim that an investigation into your campaign’s possible collusion with a foreign power is “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

 

Pressure multiple intelligence chiefs to state publiclythat there was no collusion between your presidential campaign and the Russian government

 

Without consulting anyone at the Pentagon, announce a new policy barring transgender soldiers from serving in the military

 

Pardon a former sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to obey the law

 

Continue to repeat, with admiration, a false story about an American military general committing war crimes

 

Mock the mayor of a world city for his careful, sober response to a terrorist attack

 

Tell Americans that a march of torch-carrying white supremacists and neo-Nazis includes “some very fine people” — and when one of those marchers murders a peaceful counterprotester, condemn violence on “both sides”

 

Run an administration whose ethical standards have, in the words of the federal government’s top ethics enforcer, made the United States “close to a laughingstock”

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Hide data that don’t support your pre-existing policy preferences

 

Admit to trying to intimidate a key witness in a federal investigation

 

Continue to leave hundreds of executive branch positions unfilled

 

Profit off the presidency, accepting millions of dollars from foreign government officials, businesses, politicians and other supporters who pay a premium to patronize your properties and get access to you — while also attempting to hide the visitor lists at some of those properties from the public

 

Promise to drain the swamp, then quietly grant ethics waivers to multiple former industry lobbyists who want to work in your administration

Tell a lie, on average, more than five times a day

 

Call for criminal investigations of your former political opponent, seven months after winning the election

 

Appoint your family wedding planner to head a federal housing office

 

Shove aside a fellow head of state at a photo-op

 

Attack private citizens on Twitter

 

Delegitimize federal judges who rule against you

 

Refuse to take responsibility for military actions gone awry

 

Fire the F.B.I. chief in the middle of his expanding investigation into your campaign and your associates

 

Accuse a former president, without evidence, of an impeachable offense

 

Employ top aides with financial and otherconnections to a hostile foreign power

 

Blame the judiciary, in advance, for any terror attacks

 

Call the media “the enemy of the American people”

 

Demand personal loyalty from the F.B.I. director

 

Threaten the former F.B.I. director

 

Accept foreign payments to your businesses, in possible violation of the Constitution

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Occupy the White House with the help of a hostile foreign power

 

Intimidate congressional witnesses

 

Allow White House staff members to use their personal email for government business

 

Claim, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally

 

Fail to fire high-ranking members of your national security team for weeks, even after knowing they lied to your vice president and exposed themselves to blackmail

 

Refuse to release tax returns

 

Hide the White House visitors’ list from the public

 

Vacation at one of your private residences nearly every weekend

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Use an unsecured personal cellphone

 

Criticize specific businesses for dropping your family members’ products

 

Review and discuss highly sensitive intelligence in a restaurant, and allow the Army officer carrying the “nuclear football” to be photographed and identified by name

 

Obstruct justice

 

Hire relatives for key White House posts, and let them meet with foreign officials and engage in business at the same time

 

Promote family businesses on federal government websites

 

Collude with members of Congress to try to shut down investigations of you and your associates

 

Threaten military conflict with other nations in the middle of news interviews

 

Compare the U.S. intelligence community to Nazis

 

Display complete ignorance about international relations, your own administration’s policiesAmerican history and the basic structure of our system of government

 

Skip daily intelligence briefings

 

Repeat untruths

 

Share highly classified information with a hostile foreign power without the source’s permission

 

Lie

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