In Year Two, Breaking and Making Rules in Presidential Politics

Jan 19, 2018

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Many of President Trump's critics on the left and right have chastised his nonchalance about presidential "norms" - the unwritten standards of conduct or etiquette generally observed in the presidency. The president's supporters point out that Trump ran on an outsider platform designed to flout those norms, not embrace them.

At the beginning of Trump's second year in the White House, we ask: What are the norms? Does it really matter if the president follows them? And we look ahead to the midterms, to see if old political rules still work in a new and unfamiliar era.

Dr. Mark O'Gorman, a Maryville College political scientist, will point out what's new, along with the traditional wisdom that might still hold water in 2018.