Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump.
Author and professor Edwin Battistella traces the ways in which presidents have been insulted over the centuries since the founding of the republic, selecting from over 500 examples he has collected in his upcoming book "Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels" (Oxford University Press, 2020). Battistella shows that less has changed that you might think, as far as insults and political attacks are concerned.
Edwin L. Battistella teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. He is the author of six books including "Sorry About That: the Language of Public Apology." Battistella contributes a monthly blog to Oxford University Press, called Between the Lines with Edwin Battistella. He also moderates the Literary Ashland blog and twitter feed. He served as Dean of the School of Arts & Letters at Southern Oregon University from 2000-2006 and as interim Provost from 2007-2008. He was on the board of directors of Oregon Humanities from 2009-2015 and on the Executive Committee of the Linguistic Society of Americas from 2014-2016 and he is on the editorial board of The Oregon Encyclopedia.