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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    The previous experience of every US president since Theodore Roosevelt

    What qualifies someone for the top position in American government?

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    • What does it take to be president? The United States Constitution only lists three requirements for the job: be at least 35 years old, be a natural born citizen, and live in the United States for at least 14 years.
    • A total of 45 men had held the position so far, and each has taken a very different route to the White House.
    • Beginning in the 20th century, here is a brief summary of the past 20 leaders and their job experience.

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