Last five American presidents seen as illegitimate in dangerous trend

Recent American presidents have all faced a crisis of legitimacy in a trend that threatens the health of our democracy.

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  • After a contentious election, some Americans are questioning the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden victory.
  • Legitimacy concerns also plagued the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
  • The trend of attacking a president's right to rule is growing.
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    • Nikki Haley has resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
    • Haley didn't offer a clear reason why she's stepping down, but said "it's time."
    • The resignation reportedly came as a surprise to many White House officials, though Trump said she first floated the idea of stepping down about six months ago.
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    KGB-era "active measures" are still being used by Russian intelligence agencies today, according to experts.

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    What It's Like to Be a Muslim-American Woman in the US Today

    For the last two years the volume has risen on populist voices, culminating in a victory for President Trump. The day after his election, this is how "rude" New Yorkers treated one Muslim-American woman.

    When she was nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh heard her first racial slur, from the mouth of one of her classmates. It was 2001, and 9/11 had just shocked and shattered the US's sense of safety. "I grew up through the worst forms of bullying, through an extremely low self-esteem, and it was very difficult for me to formulate who I was and what my identity meant to me," she says. So what was it like, 15 years later, being an American-Muslim woman in New York the day after President Trump was elected? Braced for the worst, Al-Khatahtbeh left her home and under the grey mood and matching skies of the day, was surprised by warm smiles and kind gestures from strangers in New York City. Even compliments on her headscarf. They were tiny exchanges that signified to her that there was a common understanding, and that hope was where it always has been — in other people.

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