When Supreme Court icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her “ill-advised” and regrettable comments aimed at presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week — calling him “a faker,” among other things — it felt for many like a tipping point in the disinhibited embrace of unseemly behavior in public life.
Women in the World founder, Tina Brown, wrote on Thursday in an Op-ed for the Daily Beast that Ginsburg’s out-of-character attack was just the latest sign that “the Trumpian toxin has invaded the bloodstream of our body politic, infecting everyone” — citing earlier misfires by Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio as indicators of a possible epidemic. And in the age of Twitter followers in the multi-millions, any infection is sure to spread like wildfire from an influential Patient Zero.
“All this dangerous emotion breaking down norms in social life means that temperament has never been more important on the public stage,” wrote Brown.
For contrast, she urged readers to look to the comportment this week both of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and Republican Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina, but most notably to the “low boil temperament” that has seen President Barack Obama into and through public office. “It has helped him keep his head through eight years of tumult, challenge and choleric provocation, and it was on display again on Tuesday in his remarks at the memorial for the slain Dallas police officers,” she noted. “This week’s news — every week’s news, lately — only shows how very deeply we are going to miss this President.”
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