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Monday, April 08, 2019

Your [Office holder]

President Trump likes to refer to himself as "Your President," as in "This is outrageous harassment of Your President by the Democrats." Over the weekend, speaking to a group of Jewish Republicans, he referred to Benjamin Netanyahu as "Your Prime Minister."

Has any previous President used this framing? It sounds new to me. It also has a ring of monarchism or authoritarianism--"Your Majesty," "Your King," "Your Dear Leader."

Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 8, 2019 at 01:25 PM in Howard Wasserman, Law and Politics | Permalink


Well, neither Jed Bartlet nor Aaron Sorkin were President, so I am not sure that answers the question asked.

More to the point, it reaffirms a point that I have made several times here--Sorkin basically wrote Trump in Bartlet, but with the cutting remarks and insults turned to liberal ends. So it does not surprise me that Sorkin would use a phrase that Trump would use.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Apr 11, 2019 11:27:49 AM

You should watch more West Wing.

"Your president is asking you to serve." -- Leo McGarry

"All the Democrats are going to line up behind their president." -- Joshua Lyman

"You will not talk that way about your Commander-in-Chief." -- C.J. Cregg

"By Bartlett, you mean President Bartlett? Your president." -- Toby Ziegler

Nobody seemed to have a problem with these lines back in the day.

Posted by: YesterdayIKilledAMammoth | Apr 10, 2019 10:35:25 PM

It has other sinister rings to it as well. Netanyahu, the political head of Israel, is no more my prime minister than any other head of state in any other nation. He does not represent the Jews of the world; he is the political head of Israel. I very much doubt that many (if any) of the Republicans whom Trump was addressing voted in the Israeli elections that returned Netanyahu to power. The fact that Trump calls him "your Prime Minister" is offensive in the extreme, implying as it does that he represents all Jews of whatever nationality all over the world, which he eminently does not. He is not the leader of an institutional religion nor are all Jews citizens of Israel. To call him "your Prime Minister" implies that the Jews of nations other than Israel do not really belong where they live but instead should all be in Israel.

Posted by: Ellen Wertheimer | Apr 8, 2019 8:06:36 PM

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