• July 18, 2021

Trump said he thinks he could have beaten George Washington in an election

Former President Donald Trump told the authors of a new book that he believes he would have had a good chance of winning a presidential election against George Washington, even with Abraham Lincoln as Washington’s running mate.

Trump made the outlandish observation, stating that his 2020 re-election was inevitable had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, which appears to contradict his comments about a “rigged” election.

“I think it would be difficult if George Washington came back from the dead and chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me“Trump told Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, recounting in their new book” I can only fix it. “

The former president twice accused recently was ranked near the bottom of the pool of US presidents: 41st – in a survey of historians across the country. Abraham Lincoln ranked first and Washington ranked second.

Trump’s favorability polls while in office were lackluster at best. His four-year approval average in Gallup polls was 41%. four points less than any other president since the polls began, NPR noted.

A Guardian review of the book on Saturday, which included the excerpt about Trump imagining a race against Washington, noted that Trump “arrogance shines through, “And he described his claims about surpassing Washington as” surreal. “

Trump made similar comments a year ago.

“George Washington would have had a Difficulty hitting me before the plague came, before the plague of China, ”Trump told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, using the racist term for COVID-19. “And then, you know, like any other nation… when you get hit, it affects you, and we go down a little bit. And then we go down a little bit more, and now we’re going up to a level we haven’t seen.

He insisted: “I was sailing. I mean we were going, we were doing very well. It really looked good, and then we were hit by the plague. And now, people are respecting the way we’ve handled it. “

Trump has also confidently compared himself to Lincoln in the past.

“No one has done more for the black community than Donald Trump … with the exception of Abraham Lincoln,” he declared while debating Joe Biden during his presidential campaigns. Biden just called Trump America’s first racist president. “

Trump has also reflected on his own giant stone carved image alongside notable Presidents on Mount Rushmore, including Washington, Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.

Trump sat down for a two-and-a-half hour interview for the book in Mar-a-Lago ten weeks after leaving office. He reportedly said that he “I enjoyed it” for “some sick reason.”


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