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Here's why Trump will be remembered as 'the worst president America has ever had': historian

January 19, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

The Trump era — much to the delight of President Donald Trump’s liberal and progressive critics, as well as Never Trumpers — will come to an end this week when Joe Biden is sworn in as president of the United States and former Sen. Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president. Tim Naftali, a history professor at New York University, looks back on Trump’s presidency in an article published by The Atlantic the day before Biden’s inauguration — and lays out some reasons why he considers Trump the worst president in U.S. history.

Trump is the 45th president of the U.S., and Biden will be the 46th. Saying that Trump was worse than all 44 of the presidents who came before him is saying a lot, but Naftali offers a lot of history to back up his argument.

“As his four years in office draw to an end,” Naftali writes, “there’s only one title to which he can lay claim: Donald Trump is the worst president America has ever had.”

The NYU professor goes on to say that a U.S. president serves as “head of state, head of government and commander in chief” and promises to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“Trump was a serial violator of his oath — as evidenced by his continual use of his office for personal financial gain — but focusing on three crucial ways in which he betrayed it helps clarify his singular historical status,” Naftali explains. “First, he failed to put the national security interests of the United States ahead of his own political needs. Second, in the face of a devastating pandemic, he was grossly derelict, unable or unwilling to marshal the requisite resources to save lives while actively encouraging public behavior that spread the disease. And third, held to account by voters for his failures, he refused to concede defeat and instead instigated an insurrection, stirring a mob that stormed the Capitol.”

Naftali notes that some historians have slammed Warren G. Harding as the worst president in U.S. history. Others hold Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and James Buchanan in low regard.

“Does Trump have any modern competitors for the title of worst president?,” Naftali writes. “Like …read more


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