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Donald Trump may be the worst President in our country's history

This is an editorial piece from the New York Times by a distinguished professor of history at Princeton. The author is a specialist in American history and earned a PhD in history from Yale University. Therefore when someone like him states that our current President may be the worst in our country's history; he has some credibility. 

 

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Historians have long looked to a few key criteria in evaluating the beginning of a president’s administration. First and foremost, any new president should execute public duties with a commanding civility and poise befitting the nation’s chief executive, but without appearing aloof or haughty. As George Washington observed at the outset of his presidency in 1789, the president cannot in any way “demean himself in his public character” and must act “in such a manner as to maintain the dignity of office.”

 

New presidents also try to avoid partisan and factional rancor, and endeavor to unite the country in a great common purpose. In line with their oath of office, they dedicate themselves to safeguarding and even advancing democratic rights and to protecting the nation against foreign enemies. They avoid even the slightest imputation of corruption, of course political but above all financial.

 

Donald Trump, in each area, has been a colossal failure. The truest measure of his performance comes from comparing his first year not with those of the best — Washington, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt — but with those of the worst.

 

Over the decades, historians’ ratings of presidents have consistently consigned a dozen or so presidents to the bottom of the heap, including James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce and, in recent evaluations, George W. Bush. Some of these presidents failed because they made disastrous miscalculations. Others were victims of circumstances not of their own making but whose decisions made things worse.

 

Still others were accidental presidents of limited skill and credibility who succeeded men who died in office. And then there were a few presidents who abused their position or permitted rampant corruption. Yet the first years of these failed presidencies were not always so bad, and in nearly every case not as bad as Mr. Trump’s.

 

Take Millard Fillmore, who was elected vice president on the Whig ticket in 1848 and became president when Zachary Taylor died in 1850. Fillmore was a stolid, self-made man who would in time alienate slavery opponents and leave his party in disarray, earning his place among the worst presidents. In his first year, though, he helped to broker the Compromise of 1850, which most of the nation greeted as a great achievement, securing what Fillmore proclaimed (albeit prematurely) as “a final settlement” of sectional discord over slavery.

 

Fillmore’s successor, the Democrat Franklin Pierce — an amiable man who was pliable and prone to depression and drink — entered the White House in 1853 grieving the death of his 11-year-old son in a train wreck. But Pierce’s successful first year helped lift his gloom, as Commodore Matthew Perry’s momentous first landing in Japan opened that country to trade and the Gadsden Purchase brought what is now southern Arizona and a slice of New Mexico into the United States. Only in Pierce’s second year did his support for the controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act help rip open the national divisions over slavery, threatening the Union and destroying his presidency.

 

Warren G. Harding — darkly handsome, impeccably dressed and widely adored — acquired a reputation for cronyism, corruption and womanizing that continues to stain the reputation of his administration, which ended when he died of a heart attack in 1923. But while the corruption was very real, the worst of it, above all the Teapot Dome scandal, did not come to light until after his death.

 

Harding’s first year actually brought some auspicious legislative accomplishments, including passage of the Federal Highway Act of 1921, which invested millions in the nation’s infant highway system. In October, Harding addressed a huge segregated crowd in Birmingham, Ala., and courageously urged equal political rights for blacks, without which, he said, “our democracy is a lie.”

 

Two months later, he pardoned the socialist Eugene V. Debs, who had been imprisoned for speaking out against World War I; he even insisted that Debs (who had run against him for president from prison) pay a visit to the White House. In public Harding was a paragon of dignity, and his death was universally mourned.

 

Richard M. Nixon’s first year in office produced mixed results. He continued the Vietnam War but floated reforms such as a guaranteed annual income for the poor. He hinted at retreating from civil rights laws and court rulings, but enforced them. The year also yielded innovations like the National Environmental Policy Act, which Nixon signed into law in January 1970. The mixture of arrogance and paranoia that would lead to the Watergate scandal did not take hold until later.

 

George W. Bush has made some worst-presidents lists because of the disastrous Iraq war and the collapse of the economy under his watch. But his first year was notable for his post-Sept. 11 leadership, when he rallied the country’s spirit while cautioning Americans not to turn their grief and outrage into reprisals against Muslims. He ended his first year with an approval rating in the Gallup poll of 83 percent.

 

Only two of the failed presidents had horrendous first years, which, like Mr. Trump’s, were a result largely of their own actions. James Buchanan, a wealthy bachelor, at all times courteous and dignified, connived behind the scenes even before he was inaugurated to help coax the Supreme Court into the calamitous Dred Scott decision of 1857, handed down a few days after his swearing-in and widely considered among the court’s worst.

 

Calculated to suppress antislavery politics once and for all, the decision instead alarmed Northerners by allowing the expansion of slavery — and it helped set the nation on the political course that ended in civil war. The financial panic of 1857 and subsequent depression, the splintering of the Union and the later exposure of rampant corruption inside the executive branch added to the sense of Buchanan’s fecklessness.

 

Andrew Johnson, a vituperative racist, was temperamentally and politically unsuited to succeed the slain Abraham Lincoln. His troubles began when he showed up for his swearing-in as vice president drunk and belligerent. Lincoln, aghast, is supposed to have said that he never wanted to speak to Johnson again.

 

After becoming president through assassination, Johnson at first signaled he would take a hard line against the defeated rebels, but then switched to attacking civil rights for the former slaves, siding with the ex-Confederates and engaging in abusive tirades against the Radical Republicans in Congress. He closed his first year by vetoing the Civil Rights Bill, which would have given the former slaves citizenship. Both houses of Congress swiftly overrode the veto, setting in motion the events that would end with Johnson’s impeachment in 1868.

 

What do these bad presidents’ first years tell us about Mr. Trump? Some performed reasonably well at first, only to slide into disaster later. Might Mr. Trump grow in the job, making us forget his rookie-season bumbling? Or should we expect more of the same through 2020?

 

I expect the latter. Mr. Trump’s first year has been an unremitting parade of disgraces that have demeaned him as well as the dignity of his office, and he has shown that this is exactly how he believes he should govern.

 

Most important, he is the first president to fail to defend the nation from an attack on our democracy by a hostile foreign power — and to resist the investigation of that attack. He is the first to enrich his private interests, and those of his family, directly and openly.

 

He is the first president to denounce the press not simply as unfair but as “the enemy of the American people.” He is the first to threaten his defeated political opponent with imprisonment. He is the first to have denigrated friendly countries and allies as well as a whole continent with racist vulgarities.

 

George Washington warned that the actions of a president “may have great and durable consequences from their having been established at the commencement of a new general government.” If history is any guide — especially in light of the examples closest to his, of Buchanan and Andrew Johnson — Mr. Trump’s first year portends a very unhappy ending.

 

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/opinion/sunday/trump-bad-presidents-history.html?smid=fb-nytim...

 

 

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Tom asked, "America or Trump"?

 

In Trump World, the answer is obvious. His cult members always place Trump before America. That's why I often LOL when I hear Trump Cult members repeating the slogan "America First".

 

A perfect example was the so called Republican Convention which the cult turned into the TRUMP NATIONAL CONVENTION. The only thing which matters in today's version of the Republican Party is what Trump says or does.

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Without a doubt, Donald J. Trump "IS" the worst President this country has ever seen.  And yet, we have not seen the full "worst" of him; that he is reserving for the advent of his re-election.  For that and many other reasons, he must NOT be re-elected.

 

Save America!

 

VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS

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He is the Lord and King of the Land.  Our Chosen One.  He is Jesus Christ.  Well, at least his followers think.  Most of them being racist white people who are greedy and do not want to pay their fair share.  Unless the black man can get off his ass and go vote, then Trump will win again.  It's a simple solution.  Vote him out.  Plus all the crooks who came alone with him.  Take back America.  It's ours.  Not his.  He's a Communist.  Should get the hell out of here and stay the hell out of Florida. 

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He is the Lord and King of the Land. Our Chosen One. He is Jesus Christ. Well, at least his followers think. Most of them being racist white people who are greedy and do not want to pay their fair share. Unless the black man can get off his ass and go vote, then Trump will win again. It's a simple solution. Vote him out. Plus all the crooks who came alone with him. Take back America. It's ours. Not his. He's a Communist. Should get the hell out of here and stay the hell out of Florida.

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But he is the best President Russia ever had.(over a barrel).

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and thats why their bettin on him again! Putin picks the worst doesn't he? He did his homework on TRump!
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@KidBoy2 wrote:
f499893h Newbie posted..



He is the Lord and King of the Land. Our Chosen One. He is Jesus Christ. Well, at least his followers think. Most of them being racist white people who are greedy and do not want to pay their fair share. Unless the black man can get off his ass and go vote, then Trump will win again. It's a simple solution. Vote him out. Plus all the crooks who came alone with him. Take back America. It's ours. Not his. He's a Communist. Should get the hell out of here and stay the hell out of Florida.

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Yep, it's refreshing to hear the truth !

 


Man learns from history that man learns nothing from history.
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LydiaN586309 posted..


Without a doubt, Donald J. Trump "IS" the worst President this country has ever seen.

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Left wing opinion posted as fact.
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@KidBoy2 wrote:
LydiaN586309 posted..


Without a doubt, Donald J. Trump "IS" the worst President this country has ever seen.

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Left wing opinion posted as fact.

Not opinion but fact. Trump is the first American President who has killed American Citizens by his actions in violating laws and regulations. 

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@KidBoy2 wrote:
LydiaN586309 posted..

Without a doubt, Donald J. Trump "IS" the worst President this country has ever seen.

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Left wing opinion posted as fact.


john258 posted..

Not opinion but fact. Trump is the first American President who has killed American Citizens by his actions in violating laws and regulations.

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He is?
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FACT is his non handling of the corona virus has cost way many more lives that it should have! He was warned early, but ignored the warning. An epic failure to handle this catastrophe. And now 4 people at the RNC convention have tested positive!! OOOPS!!
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/republican-national-convention-positive-covid_n_5f491801c5b64f17e13cd...
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I predict he will lose the election, scream “FRAUD”, (which he’s been setting up all along) and REFUSE TO LEAVE!!! Is this country ready for THAT?
I think not!!!

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that is a possibility. Expect the unexpected with this one, now we see why Putin wanted him to win so badly in 2016, and again in 2020. We simply cannot allow that to happen.
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Please remove the words "may be" from the title of this thread and replace with the word "IS".

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LETS HOPE TRUMP BECOMES THE BEST LOSER.

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I'm tired of bashing Trump. He makes such obvious errors of judgment that there is no point in exposing them. Everyday he lies shamelessly. He's consistently misjudged public opinion.He will not be reelected. His only distinction is being the worst president ever. 

 

I dislike employing clichés but we are now beating a dead horse. I'm going to take a break from the train wreck that is Trump and look at other news.

 

 

 

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lk152 wrote:

This is an editorial piece from the New York Times by a distinguished professor of history at Princeton. The author is a specialist in American history and earned a PhD in history from Yale University. Therefore when someone like him states that our current President may be the worst in our country's history; he has some credibility. 

 

Read on:

 

 

New presidents also try to avoid partisan and factional rancor, and endeavor to unite the country in a great common purpose. In line with their oath of office, they dedicate themselves to safeguarding and even advancing democratic rights and to protecting the nation against foreign enemies. They avoid even the slightest imputation of corruption, of course political but above all financial.

 

Donald Trump, in each area, has been a colossal failure. The truest measure of his performance comes from comparing his first year not with those of the best — Washington, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt — but with those of the worst.

 

George Washington warned that the actions of a president “may have great and durable consequences from their having been established at the commencement of a new general government.” If history is any guide — especially in light of the examples closest to his, of Buchanan and Andrew Johnson — Mr. Trump’s first year portends a very unhappy ending.

 

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/opinion/sunday/trump-bad-presidents-history.html?smid=fb-nytim...

 

@lk152    Well, well, well...Sean Wilentz is a known democrat and friend of the clintons etc!  Oh yeah, no bias involved in his rediculous judgment call on President Trump. lol  Anybody that knows anything, knows that President Trump was desperately needed in this country after 8 yrs of owebama and biden doing nothing but causing hate and dividing this country even more than it already was!   And now...there's biden for president...God save America!

 

So lk152, you think wilentz has some credibility regarding your post?  I think not. Even before but especially after reading the article about him, i HAVE to disagree. 

 

I haven't read any more of this thread before commenting, so hopefully somebody has pointed this out long before me.  BUT just in case...

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hillarys-historian-sean-wilentz_n_7337896

And there are many more reads on this same issue out there on the www on Mr Wilentz.

 

Just a partial from the above link:  Ohhh please do read on...

WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has a tight circle of advisers who counsel her on economic policy, foreign affairs and politics in general. In Sean Wilentz, she also has something of a house historian.

 

Wilentz, a Princeton professor, was an outspoken supporter of Clinton during her previous presidential bid, and has remained close to her since, according to Clinton insiders. He has been helping Clinton understand where and how her potential administration, and that of her husband Bill Clinton, fit into the arc of progressive history over the last half-century or more, according to people who know both him and the candidate.

 

Wilentz, Princeton’s George Henry Davis 1886 professor of American history, was a guest of honor at a Ready for Hillary event in the Hamptons, one Clinton source said, and remains in close touch with Clintons.

 


 

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@sunluvngal wrote:

WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has a tight circle of advisers who counsel her on economic policy, foreign affairs and politics in general. In Sean Wilentz, she also has something of a house historian.

 

Wilentz, a Princeton professor, was an outspoken supporter of Clinton during her previous presidential bid, and has remained close to her since, according to Clinton insiders. He has been helping Clinton understand where and how her potential administration, and that of her husband Bill Clinton, fit into the arc of progressive history over the last half-century or more, according to people who know both him and the candidate.

 

Wilentz, Princeton’s George Henry Davis 1886 professor of American history, was a guest of honor at a Ready for Hillary event in the Hamptons, one Clinton source said, and remains in close touch with Clintons.

 


 


Yep, quite the intelligent man. That is reflected in the candidates he supports.  Thanks for pointing that out!


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@ChasKy53 wrote:

@sunluvngal wrote:

WASHINGTON — As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has a tight circle of advisers who counsel her on economic policy, foreign affairs and politics in general. In Sean Wilentz, she also has something of a house historian.

 

Wilentz, a Princeton professor, was an outspoken supporter of Clinton during her previous presidential bid, and has remained close to her since, according to Clinton insiders. He has been helping Clinton understand where and how her potential administration, and that of her husband Bill Clinton, fit into the arc of progressive history over the last half-century or more, according to people who know both him and the candidate.

 

Wilentz, Princeton’s George Henry Davis 1886 professor of American history, was a guest of honor at a Ready for Hillary event in the Hamptons, one Clinton source said, and remains in close touch with Clintons.

 


 


Yep, quite the intelligent man. That is reflected in the candidates he supports.  Thanks for pointing that out!

 

 

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All of the following will become null and void if Biden wins the election We will no longer have a president of the United States who: 

  • is a pathological liar
  • surrounds himself with convicted felons
  • insults people 7 days a week
  • was accused of sexual assault by 24 different women
  • describes the FREE PRESS as an "Enemy of the People"
  • doesn't allow anyone to disagree with him, criticize, or investigate him
  • writes love letters to brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
  • listens to Vladimir instead of his own U.S. Intelligence Agencies
  • replaced a pledge of loyalty to the Constitution with a pledge of loyalty to Trump
  • doesn't support NATO
  • doesn't support law enforcement and the FBI
  • believes in bigger government and raising the deficit
  • opposes free trade while supporting tariffs
  • etc.
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I am 80 yrs old and never before has a president accomplished as much as President Donald Trump!!!
He may be outspoken and gruff but I admire him for the 'step up to the plate' attitude he has displayed.
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smmsski Where have you actually been these 80 years of yours? It certainly hasn't been on the planet Earth and in the country called the United States of America. This president is a charlatan and has disgraced this country, our history, and our ancestors with his disgraceful words and deedsa. To think that our forefathers risked their lives and even died to give him the chance to become President. Look what he chose to do with his power. History will show you that you were totally wrong about him. As I say to all of his supporters: you should be ashamed.
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It’s not out of the question to say that he could be the worst, because he does not even represent or support the Country that he stole the election from. And it might be the act of a corrupt criminal to not show allegiance towards Our Country. 
Remember, trump believed putin over our own Intelligence Agencies...can we finally believe the traitor that we see, with our own eyes! Doesn’t get anymore obvious. 

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@smsski wrote:
I am 80 yrs old and never before has a president accomplished as much as President Donald Trump!!!
He may be outspoken and gruff but I admire him for the 'step up to the plate' attitude he has displayed.

The only plate Trump "steps up to" is one with a bucket of fried chicken on it.

DUMP TRUMP AND DITCH MITCH TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
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@smsski wrote:
@smsski 

I am 80 yrs old and never before has a president accomplished as much as President Donald Trump!!!  Good for you, smsski!  I wish you well! 

He may be outspoken and gruff but I admire him for the 'step up to the plate' attitude he has displayed. I, like most others IMO, prefer President's that just don't "display attitude", but better the country by unifying it and approving the lot of All Lives....Which, IMO, trump has struck out at EVERY opportunity at the plate....

 


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I honestly don't know if our Current Man in the White House is the worst president ever or not.  But I do believe Trump is by far the nuttiest! For with each passing day and during each television appearance, he presents increasingly more erratic and, if it is possible, more mentally unstable.

 

 

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@LydiaN586309 

Please consider, not only the nuttiest, but flat out Looney Tunes! And what do others in the World think of what they are observing with trump...probably that trump makes Britain, brexit, and boris look like an acts of sanity. 

All dictators have a high level of insanity, as does trump. The sooner that we admit this, the sooner that we can contend with trump. 

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May be? There is no maybe! He is, and always will be, the worst president ever. When you wonder why he does and says these incredibly stupid things, keep in mind that he has dementia, and then it all makes sense. He also is a narcissistic sociopath who will sacrifice anyone to further his own needs.

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no maybe!! Absolutely the worst. America went way off track in 2016 thanks to Russia's help, we cannot let that happen again!
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