An excerpt from Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker' book, "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year" brought Trump's bold claim to light.
Donald Trump has said a lot of outrageous things before, during, and after his tenure as the President of the United States. Just when you think he must have run out of things to say, he comes back stronger than ever to shock you. In an interview with journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post, Trump stated that he would be able to beat former US presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in an election.
"I think it would be hard if George Washington came back from the dead and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice-president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me," Trump said with extreme confidence.
DO YOU AGREE? Former President Donald Trump bragged he could probably beat George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in a presidential election if they were on the same ticket. https://t.co/NfxMnbSLGL— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) July 19, 2021
For context, Lincoln and Washington were chosen as the best presidents America has had, by historians. And while Trump is not the worst president in America, historians have ranked him just three spots from the bottom which should say a lot. But Trump's hubris shines through his lack of self-awareness and his bold claim was brought to light when The Guardian published an excerpt from Leonnig and Rucker's book: I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year. It chronicles Trump's last year in office before he was voted out.
This is not the first time he has tried to compare himself to Lincoln. "Nobody has done more for the Black community than Donald Trump. And if you look, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. I'm the least racist person in this room," he had said in a 2020 presidential debate against Joe Biden, reported PEOPLE. But Trump's racist, hate speeches are well documented. Not to mention his Twitter rants would incite a violent reaction from his supporters. The biggest one being the Capitol Riots, after the elections that Trump falsely claimed was rigged.
WATCH: Investigative reporter @MacFarlaneNews explains why charges from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot are lagging behind with over 500 insurrection cases still up in the air.#RuhleReports pic.twitter.com/fGCYtMeeri— Stephanie Ruhle Reports (@RuhleOnMSNBC) July 16, 2021
“The greatest fraud ever perpetrated in this country was this last election,” Trump told the authors, according to The Hill. “It was rigged and it was stolen. It was both. It was a combination, and Bill Barr didn’t do anything about it,” he said of the former United States Attorney General. He also blamed his vice president Mike Pence and said, “Had Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures, you would have had a different outcome, in my opinion.” He even called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “stupid person.”
“From the new book 'I Alone Can Fix It' by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, we are learning that the Trump presidency was much worse than any of us could have imagined and the people around him all knew he had autocratic tendencies” - @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/CIerI7L5jp— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) July 15, 2021
The build-up to the riots is also well documented in the book. The book mentions how Gen Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told aides that Trump inciting the mobs to "take back America" was "a Reichstag moment." He was referring to the time Hitler began arresting his opponents to consolidate his power in 1933. “The gospel of the Führer,” the authors quote Milley as saying. Another senior official was quoted saying that Trump is a “guy who takes fuel, throws it on the fire, and makes you scared shitless”, then says "I will protect you" and added, “That’s what Hitler did to consolidate power in 1933.”
The time between when former President Trump lost the election and President Biden’s inauguration was “worse than we knew,” says @ChrisCuomo on troubling new revelations in the book “I Alone Can Fix It.” https://t.co/KxKLzI5VCF pic.twitter.com/TBejmzQvqv— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 15, 2021
Trump likened himself to his rioting followers and said, “They showed up just to show support because I happen to believe the election was rigged at a level as nothing has ever been rigged before.” He has even referred to them as being "peaceful people, these were great people." The book is releasing today and also details the poor management of the pandemic under the Trump administration that also added to his loss in the election. He acknowledged that the pandemic killed his chances at a second term at the White House.