I can remember every American president going back to Jimmy Carter. Some have been better than others, but none has been as devoid of public virtue as Donald J. Trump.
Bill Clinton had an affair in the Oval Office. George W. Bush’s government tortured terror suspects. Ronald Reagan ignored the AIDS epidemic until he couldn’t anymore. This is not always a moral or perfect or wise country, and we do not always have moral or perfect or wise leaders.
If those men weren’t always good, however, they at least wanted to be seen as good. What’s more, they wanted Americans to believe they live in a good country, that we are a good people.