"No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly," President Trump said at the Coast Guard Academy commencement on Wednesday — and USA Today promptly (and unintentionally) prove him correct.
William Cummings, the Assistant Homefront Editor of the newspaper, wasted no time in writing, "5 politicians who were treated more unfairly than Trump."
History is very long, and despite Trump's "surety," from the Roman Emperor Caracalla, who was fatally stabbed by one of his soldiers while urinating along a roadside, to Nelson Mandela, who was labeled a terrorist and spent 27 years in prison, the past is replete with stories of politicians who had it rougher than Trump.
But they got good press, which was Trump's point. By the way, Mandela was engaged in terrorism, not merely labeled a terrorist.
The first Republican president has Trump beat for two big reasons. First, states began to secede before Lincoln even took office just based on what they knew about his attitudes toward slavery. And while Alec Baldwin's impression of Trump may not be terribly flattering, an actor who didn't like Lincoln took things a bit further and put a bullet in his head.
If you have to use Lincoln's assassination to defend Alec Baldwin's weekly mocking of President Trump, maybe you need to push away from the keyboard, go for a walk in the park, and meditate on the fate of the Washington Wizards (Cummings lives in the DC area) because you are way too vested in President Trump's demise.
Just like Cummings was too vested in Obama, too, for Cummings ended the column:
Like Revels, Barack Obama's opponents questioned his citizenship in an effort to deny his pioneering role in U.S. history. Despite being derided as a socialist who "pals around with terrorists" — some went so far as to label him the "Antichrist" — during the 2008 campaign, Obama went on to become America's first black president. Yet, some critics tried to question his legitimacy with a conspiracy theory that he was not born in the United States. Even after producing his birth certificate, these "birthers" refused to believe the president was an American. One prominent American, in particular, helped fuel the conspiracy (hint: his name rhymes with grump).
Trump faces almost universal hatred and venom from press columnists and reporters.
By going to Lincoln's assassination, Cummings proved Trump's point. The argument that President Trump cannot complain about the press because an actor killed Lincoln is an admission that editors like Cummings will not serious consider a president's call for fairness.
On November 8, 2016, the American people said, "Trump the Establishment!"
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