“...our democratic institutions.”
...use of the word “democratic” by a politician gives me the creepy-crawlies along with immediate thought that they’ve left out the obligatory “peoples” or “socialist”.
Words have meaning and our actively disloyal opposition likely won’t rest easy until some combination of the words I cite become part of our nation’s official name.
I know what you mean: words matter. Remember how GWB was talking about spreading “democracy” to the Middle East, just another version of Woodrow Wilsonism.