Donald Trump is an incredibly controversial president, and his personality seems just as divisive as his policies. In fact, many Trump opponents criticize the president’s temperament as “unpresidential.” The insult implies that there’s a standard of appropriate behavior in the Oval Office. Of course, there is. But throughout American history, voters have elected plenty of presidents who violated the unspoken rules of presidential behavior and speech.
Read on to discover other presidents who, like Donald Trump, drew criticism for their unpresidential temperaments and habits.
1. John Adams
- 2nd president of the United States
William Galston, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who spoke to the Christian Science Monitor, reports that the kind of unpresidential conduct we associate with Donald Trump is actually nothing new. Just look at John Adams, the second U.S. president. The Week reports that this combative commander-in-chief “quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs at the expense of his allies and (numerous) rivals alike.”
Additionally, the Miller Center reports that even Adams’s own cabinet opposed his policies most of the time. Thus, “His stubborn independence left him politically isolated and alone.” Nonetheless, Galston doesn’t consider Donald Trump a modern version of Adams. Galston posits that Adams “had the political substance to overcome his rudeness.” But the Brookings fellow wouldn’t say the same thing for Trump.
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