President Donald Trump. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s never easy being a parent, especially when the news cycle is actively undermining your best efforts to teach your kids manners and provide moral guidance.
I’ve been there.
When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, my eldest son was 14, my younger one was 11. And it was no fun overhearing them and their friends in the back seat of the car discussing sexual acts committed by the president of the United States.
But I can’t imagine what it’s like for parents these days dealing with the social media sewer and an ever-more-vulgar culture presided over by the Vulgarian-in-Chief, President Trump.
I won’t annoy you with a complete list of the crude, rude, and previously-unacceptable behaviors he has indulged in that once upon a time would have appalled people across party lines but no longer do.
Instead, let’s just take the most recent example – the president’s angry tweet calling Stormy Daniels, the porn actress he had a fling with early in his current marriage and is sparring with legally, “Horseface.”
What do you tell young kids about this?
That name-calling like this is unacceptable behavior by any adult, let alone the complete unacceptability and lack of class of the liaison with Daniels in the first place?
That name-calling about a person’s appearance is never appropriate at any age, let alone from a 72-year-old man?
That Mr. Trump demeans himself, his office, and his country every time he spews this kind of thing?
Good luck, parents. You’re going to need it.
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