Historian Jon Meacham considers President Trump the most racist president since Democrat Andrew Johnson. Really?
Well, first we have the Presidents who owned slaves: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant. Most Presidents prior to the Civil War made statements indicating their belief that blacks were an inferior race. Even Lincoln made carefully worded statements indicating support for the idea that blacks and whites could never live together on grounds of complete equality. Almost all Presidents up to the present have used the term “nigger”, including such Democrat heroes as LBJ. Woodrow Wilson segregated the Civil Service and lectured a visiting black delegation that came to him about this that segregation was actually a positive for blacks. FDR, the demigod of demigods for Democrats, oversaw the rounding up of Japanese Americans on the West Coast after Pearl Harbor, in the teeth of opposition by noted civil libertarians like J. Edgar Hoover. FDR also turned a deaf ear prior to World War II to the admission of Jewish refugees. When seeking a larger role for blacks in the US military he noted how naturally musical, his belief, that blacks were. This list of the sins of past presidents against the standards of public discourse today on the issue of race could go on at some length.
If we are going to judge past presidents by the hyper sensitive standards of today on the question of race, Trump would stand among the most enlightened. Of course Meacham’s statement has nothing to do about race and everything to do about “Orange man bad!”.