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 re-election in 2020 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, who recounted 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.
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 that 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 the plague hit us. 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.
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