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USA Today: Trump Unfit to 'Shine George W. Bush's Shoes'

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:23 AM

USA Today blasted President Donald Trump for his comments about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., saying the president in "uniquely awful" and "not fit for office."

"With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office," the newspaper said in an editorial posted on its website Tuesday night. "Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low."

Trump tweeted on Tuesday:

"And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate," the paper said. "He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.

"A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush."

The newspaper said both Bush and Obama broke promises and told untruths. However, it maintained "the basic decency of each man was never in doubt."

"Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed."

The newspaper said it is not a surprise "how low he went with Gillibrand."

"When accused during the campaign of sexually harassing or molesting women in the past, Trump's response was to belittle the looks of his accusers," the editorial said.

And the newspaper noted it feared the Trump era would only get worse.

"Trump's utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office," the newspaper said.

It cited his support for Roy Moore's bid for the Senate seat in Alabama. Moore has been accused of pursuing — and in one case molesting — teenagers as young as 14 when he was in his 30s," USA Today said.

The paper also claimed the president "is going for some sort of record of lying in office." And it also questioned his refusal to release his tax returns.

"Not to mention calling white supremacists "very fine people," pardoning a lawless sheriff, firing a respected FBI director, and pushing the Justice Department to investigate his political foes," the editorial said.

The newspaper acknowledged the nation doesn't expect perfect presidents.

"But a president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great," the editorial concluded.

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USA Today blasted President Donald Trump for his comments about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., saying the president in "uniquely awful" and "not fit for office."
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