Historian Says Trump Tied for Most Racist President

Historian Says Trump Tied for Most Racist President

Historian Says Trump Tied for Most Racist President

Jon Meacham is, as Wikipedia writes, “a well-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning, and New York Times bestselling presidential historian and journalist.” So he should know about the triumphs and disasters of American presidents through history, right?

Well, you’d think so. But then he came out with this comment about President Trump:

And because he was in the friendly confines of MSNBC, no one challenged him on that. What’s more, Chris “Tingles” Matthew helped him out:

However, Meacham is forgetting a few things. In fact, he’s forgetting a lot of stuff about other presidents.

Now I don’t like to plunge in Whataboutism, but there’s a lot here to unpack.

Like Woodrow Wilson, who segregated federal workers, and excused it with this:

“The purpose of these measures was to reduce the friction. It is as far as possible from being a movement against the Negroes. I sincerely believe it to be in their interest.”

What’s more, Wilson’s wife Ellen may have also encouraged departments in Washington, DC, to designate separate working, eating, and bathroom facilities for black employees.

Let’s move up to January, 1942, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered “enemy aliens” — immigrants from Italy, Germany, and Japan — to register with the US Department of Justice. They then received a “Certificate of Identification for Aliens of Enemy Nationality.” But that was just the start; FDR also signed Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese resident aliens and citizens of Japanese descent into internment camps. But while the Japanese bore the brunt of FDR’s bigotry, some Italians and Germans were also sent to camps, too.


Sites of German-American internment in WWII; wikimedia commons; CC BY-SA 3.0.

Surely Jon Meacham, being the renowned historian he is, knows that in the 1950’s Lyndon Johnson made this comment:

“Negroes getting uppity?” On top of that, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reported that LBJ quote, and Goodwin is no conservative.

Moreover, those are all Presidents from the 20th century. Meacham is also forgetting, perhaps conveniently, that eighteen presidents from the 18th and 19th centuries owned slaves, including Founders Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Ironically, the last US President to own a slave was Ulysses Grant, who commanded the Union Army in the Civil War, the war that ended slavery.

Furthermore, how can we forget President Andrew Jackson and how he removed Native-Americans from their lands?

Yet Trump is the president who has committed the Unforgivable Sin of being the “most racist” since Andrew Johnson. And words from a notable historian, no less. Never mind, Meacham hates Trump, and that’s what counts. I suppose.


Featured image: Andrew Johnson/public domain/cropped.

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  • Johnny says:

    Never heard of him.
    Not interested in hearing about him.
    Just another liberal arts leftist “journalist” doing what liberal arts leftist journalists do.

  • SFC D says:

    Jon Meacham seems to have acquired a history degree that’s of similar value as the economics degree that AOC possesses.

  • Bobloblaw says:

    “Historian” doesn’t know his history.

  • Cameron says:

    And in all likelihood, they both exchanged sexual favors for passing grades.

  • Tregonsee says:

    Meacham, when he puts his politics aside, can be a first class popular historian. Most recently “Franklin and Winston.” Unfortunately, when he can’t he is just another Lefty hack. As someone who shares an alma mater with him, The University of the South, AKA Sewanee, it is painful to read things which clearly require ignoring what he learned in a good history department.

  • Tonyp says:

    He was handpicked to write the Bush 41 biography. He did a book with Tim McGraw. Probably said this to entice Romney to let him ghost Mitt’s memoirs.

  • Politcal Insight says:

    Seems you’re trying to choose a winning number from a bunch of losing lotto tickets Ann. Aside from your point of ascertaining which US president was the most racist (which is actually relative to social norms that shift generationally), what would you like to point out about racism and it’s relationship to the highest office in a representational government? I’ve gotta think with all of your effort, you could come up with a valid talking point on the issue which is relevant for today’s body politic, rather than researching presidents that you feel are more racist than the current one (side stepping the issue).

    If you do want to address it, let me know. I’d love to participate.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      There are two points which I will address:

      1) You completely missed the point of the post.
      2) My name is not Ann.

  • Harry_the_Horrible says:

    Apparently, this moron calling himself a “historian” has never heard of Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Baynes Johnson, or any of a half dozen or so REAL racists who were president.

  • Gregory Koster says:

    The comment quoted from Doris Goodwin (page 148 of LYNDON JOHNSON AND THE AMERICAN DREAM) was said in 1957 NOT “the 1960s.” Johnson made this comment to Southern Senators while trying to prevent a filibuster of the 1957 Civil Rights Act. At the same time Senate Majority Leader Johnson was saying this to liberal Hubert Humphrey:

    “Yes, yes, Hubert, I want all those other things—buses, restaurants, all of that—but the right to vote with no ifs, ands or buts, that’s the key. When the Negroes get that, they’ll have every politician, north and south, east and west, kissing their ass, begging for their support.”

    (Robert Caro MASTER OF THE SENATE page 956)

    Which quote is real LBJ? You tell me.

    Meanwhile Ms. Hirsch, I think correcting the ” in the 1960’s President Lyndon Johnson ” sentence is in order.

  • Gregory Koster says:

    Better, but still not completely correct. LBJ was Senate Majority Leader, not President when he made those remarks. Why does this matter? Well, should we believe that President Ronald Reagan was a New Dealer because he campaigned for the New Deal (see EARLY REAGAN by Anne Edwards, which has examples but not quotes) in 36, 40, and 44? I think it is better to be accurate than wrong, unless you want to be AOC “Don’t bother me with facts I’m morally right.”

    Many thanks

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