What about truthfulness and civility?
So the Senate has voted to acquit the President (POTUS) on both Articles of Impeachment. And we witnessed live on television these incidents the night of the State of the Union (SOTU):
- the refusal of the President to shake hands with the Speaker of the House,
- followed by a speech full of misinformation, half-truths and clear false statements,
- and the President awarded the Medal of Freedom to a radio talk show host who has made racist and sexist remarks his trademark for over 30 years,
- and finally, at the end of his speech, the Speaker of the House tore up the pages of her copy of his speech.
After the acquittal vote in the Senate on Wednesday, the President’s press secretary suggested there would be “payback” and said “Will there be no retribution?” Today U.S. Capitol Police investigated a “suspicious substance” outside the office of Congressman Adam Schiff, who led the team of House Managers in the Impeachment Trial in the Senate.
What will follow from these actions by two of the most powerful leaders of our government? Can we expect more civility and more respect for facts and evidence and simple manners in the future? And what about our fellow citizens who may be inspired by words of actions of these leaders?
Words and body language and tone matter. Threats by leaders can have consequences. Let’s all take some deep breaths and wind down the emotions . . . .