According to a new report from the Associated Press, President Trump is fully shunning the traditional roles held within the “ex-presidents club” and the feeling is mutual.
The report notes “members of the ex-presidents club pose together for pictures. They smile and pat each other on the back while milling around historic events, or sit somberly side by side at VIP funerals. They take on special projects together. They rarely criticize one another and tend to offer even fewer harsh words about their White House successors.”
They add “like so many other presidential traditions, however, this is one Trump seems likely to flout. Now that he’s left office, it’s hard to see him embracing the stately, exclusive club of living former presidents.”
Kate Andersen Brower, who interviewed Trump in 2019 said “He kind of laughed at the very notion that he would be accepted in the presidents club.”
She added “He was like, ‘I don’t think I’ll be accepted.’”
It’s also clear the ex-presidents have no interest in recruiting Trump into their group.
“I think the fact that the three of us are standing here, talking about a peaceful transfer of power, speaks to the institutional integrity of our country,” Bush said on the day of Biden Inauguration.
Meanwhile, Obama called inaugurations “a reminder that we can have fierce disagreements and yet recognize each other’s common humanity, and that, as Americans, we have more in common than what separates us.”
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton recorded a video praising peaceful presidential succession as a core of American democracy. The segment included no mention of Trump by name, but stood as a stark rebuke of his behavior. https://t.co/NVlgQdXjwd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 23, 2021