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Trump: the failed reconciliator

Trump: the failed reconciliator

From intimate fireside chats to the uplifting and hopeful words of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, U.S. presidents are frequently called upon to bring Americans together in common purpose in challenging times whether to “heal broken hearts and bind up wounds” as President Barack Obama sought to do about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting or simply to call for a “kinder, gentler” nation as George H.W. Bush did in his Inaugural Address. The recent series of bomb scares — directed at what could easily be described as a Donald Trump enemies list — provided the sitting president with just such a moment to put the needs of the republic above those of personal politics.

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