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Leaked Biden Remarks Raise Concerns About Civility

via ProPublica
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President Biden’s reported use of profanity in private conversations about former President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has raised questions about his commitment to respect and a return to normalcy.

While some argue that Biden’s off-script moments make him relatable, others, including Gen Z author Milan Kordestani, express disappointment in the lack of civility in public discourse since Biden took office.

MSNBC host Jen Psaki said, “None of it surprised me, really. I’m not condoning it, of course, but there were definitely some Democrats out there who may have felt seen by it.”

Milan Kordestani, the Gen Z author of “I’m Just Saying: A Guide to Maintaining Civil Discourse in an Increasingly Divided World,” said, “The public discourse [was] going to be calmer and more quiet and a little more civil [with Biden], and to an extent it was for a while.”

“The perspective I have is I think people are really tired, and it’s just this continuation of disappointment that wow, we still aren’t acting like grown-ups to represent people,” he continued.

CNN host Phil Mattingly said, “I think it’s interesting where that’s one of those moments where he connects with people by being a normal person. Kind of off-script Joe Biden that we knew when he was in the Senate or when he was Vice President.”

Milan Kordestani also said, “It’s not like he’s able to rally people, that it leaves people confident. It almost makes me think he’s less coherent when he’s becoming less civil, when he starts to curse and so on.”

“It doesn’t feel like it’s coming from a place of using it to drive power in his speech and confidence in people and move people in a stronger way. It feels less intelligent, it feels less engaged,” added the author.

Kordestani explained, “It’s a charisma, it’s an ability to be coherent, to build a confidence in people. In the last two presidents, there’s constant unrest and trending headlines of ‘Are we about to have civil war?’ … We need leaders who are charismatic and bring people together.”

There are contrasting views on the acceptability and impact of profane language, with some suggesting it may be more acceptable in the current political climate.

Biden previously said, “I am not joking when I say this, if you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.”

“On the spot. No ifs, ands or buts,” emphasized the President.

“Everybody, everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity. That’s been missing in a big way the last four years,” added Biden.

Concerns have also been raised about Biden’s age and his use of profanity in interactions with others.

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