During a Fox News virtual town hall on Sunday, May 3, President Donald Trump responded to one of his supporters.
They asked why he uses "bullying" language.
Carolyn Perkins is a Trump supporter who "prays for the President every day."
She wondered why he chooses to attack the press instead of touting his accomplishments.
He responded by saying he's been treated worse than Abraham Lincoln.
Asked (by a fan of his!) why he uses the language of bullies and doesn't directly answer questions, Trump doesn't a… https://t.co/VuIz3S0705— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1588551231.0
Trump may have forgotten just how badly Abraham Lincoln was treated.
At the Lincoln Memorial, Trump says he's being treated worse than Lincoln. https://t.co/psZwWRE6WD— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1588551274.0
An elementary school teacher who tells him that she really supports him and prays for him asks him to stop being a… https://t.co/3GSqPLH8Ou— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1588550946.0
His ignorance was even more glaring while sitting under the watchful gaze of the Lincoln memorial.
Trump: “They always said Lincoln. Nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.” Lincoln wa… https://t.co/8RRJndF4B9— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1588551448.0
In case anyone’s wondering, the President just said he’s been treated worse than Lincoln while sitting at the Linco… https://t.co/VuGiLK3EbY— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1588551090.0
Q: Should you change your tone at the WH briefings? President Trump, sitting at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial:… https://t.co/C3VlGAVNFh— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1588551025.0
Trump's claim was completely ignored by the Fox News hosts asking questions.
Nothing speaks to Fox News' failure to even pretend to be a credible "news source" more than hearing to Donald Trum… https://t.co/4P0KShqXT2— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1588552357.0
Future generations simply won’t believe that after 67,000 Americans — and counting — died in a pandemic, Trump went… https://t.co/sVk7ZdPyJH— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1588574921.0
Regardless of his answer, many thought that Trump's nakedly political town hall should never have been allowed inside the Lincoln memorial.
Donald Trump on Fox News at the Lincoln Memorial. This has to be the opening scene for whoever writes the definitiv… https://t.co/lcMqRIV9Kx— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1588548547.0
I'm sure I go overboard on Lincoln -- am guilty of some idolatry. But I consider the Fox News thing, with Trump, a… https://t.co/uh9TGoEY4t— Jay Nordlinger (@Jay Nordlinger)1588552102.0
Asked what he thinks about the criticism of holding a Town hall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Trump says - and… https://t.co/I7oYDLMDdq— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1588549483.0
When we shot a scene for Parks and Rec at the Lincoln Memorial, we were asked to stay below the top step out of a g… https://t.co/YALydsmAP6— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous)1588556871.0
Trump may have conveniently forgotten that half the states responded to Lincoln's election by seceding from the union so they could continue to own other people as slaves.
I guess Trump never learned how Lincoln's presidency ended. https://t.co/Vp43RuMxhi— Grant Stern (@Grant Stern)1588555570.0
I just keep imagining Lincoln leaning over on his chair and sticking out his big boot to knock Trump upside the hea… https://t.co/4oI3xgOi3L— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1588551979.0
If Lincoln were alive today, he would want nothing to do with Donald Trump’s Republican Party.— David Cicilline (@David Cicilline)1588553812.0
It seems President Trump doesn't have a good answer to his supporters question. If only it had reminded him of the example of presidential behavior from the person whose memorial on which he sat.
The documentary American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln is available here.