Bring Back The Presidential Beard

Bring Back The Presidential Beard

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Jaz McKay started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Five U.S. presidents wore beards, but it's been more than a century since anyone with facial hair served in the White House. The last president to wear a full beard in office was Benjamin Harrison, who served from March 1889 to March 1893. Facial hair has all but disappeared from American politics. There are very few bearded politicians in Congress. Being clean-shaven wasn't always the norm, though. There are plenty of presidents with facial hair in U.S. political history. Where did they all go? What happened to the beard?

The beard, like every fad, fades and re-emerges in popularity. Lincoln, perhaps America's most famous bearded politician, was the first president to wear a beard in office. But he began his candidacy clean-shaven and only grew his facial hair at the request of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Grace Bedell.

Times have changed, though. Very few people beg political candidates, presidents or members of Congress to grow facial hair since the 1800's.

Author A.D. Perkins, writing in his 2001 book One Thousand Beards: a Cultural History of Facial Hair, notes that modern-day politicians are routinely instructed by their advisers and other handlers to "remove all traces of facial hair" before launching a campaign for fear of resembling "Lenin and Stalin (or Marx for that matter)." Perkins concludes: "The beard has been the kiss of death for Western politicians ..." Well, we say, it's time for a CHANGE! Bring Back The Presidential Beard.

With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today’s younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics. In fact political visionary Senator Ted Cruz has been sporting a beard for some time now and he understands individuals with the dedication to grow and maintain a quality beard are the kinds of individuals that would show dedication to the job of public service.

It's time to Bring Back The Presidential Beard. Donald J. Trump is just the man to do it. President Trump has proven himself to be a man of the people, a man of change and a man that has altered politics for the future. And besides he'd look like a real bad ass. 

Please sign this petition and request that Donald J. Trump grow a beard.

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