| Jeanne Shaheen official photo, Shaheen.senate.gov

Jeanne Shaheen: Trump has already coarsened American culture

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump does not have the demeanor or experience to be president - and, worse, he's having a coarsening effect on American culture, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“I certainly hope that people will not support Trump,” the New Hampshire Democrat said in an exclusive interview with AMI Newswire Friday. “I don’t think he’s got the experience, the understanding of what we’re facing in this country, the demeanor that we need in a president.”

The billionaire real estate investor, a popular media fixture since the 1980s, has had a coarsening effect throughout American culture, Shaheen said. 

On a more personal note, Shaheen said she has been dismayed by what she called Trump’s incivility, and she fears it has already brought down the level of civility in general as well as the level of political dialogue.

“I think he should not be president, and I’m disappointed in the lack of civility and the level of public dialogue that he has brought to the campaign,” she said. “I’m afraid it’s going to rub off on everybody in the electorate."

Shaheen, who served as the Granite State's governor for six years and is in her second term in the U.S. Senate, passed along an anecdote she said indicated the negative effect the plain-spoken candidate is having.

"Somebody was reporting to me about a teacher who had reprimanded one of her students for making fun of another students who was Muslim," Shaheen said. "And when the teacher reprimanded the child, instead of the child feeling bad, the response was, ‘Well, Donald Trump says it.’ So, I think it has filtered down in a way that’s not good for the country.”

Besides the general incivility he brings to public discourse, she said, Trump also undermines American founding principles.

“We’re going to disagree. That’s understandable; that’s part of democracy," she said. "But to not be respectful and to undermine what I think are the founding principles of this country — freedom of religion is one of the things that this country was founded on, and the importance of immigrants and what they contribute to our society — I think that’s not good for America.”