President Donald Trump on Sunday night complained that he has been treated worse than President Abraham Lincoln while participating in a virtual Fox News town hall Sunday night from the foot of the Lincoln Memorial.
Trump made the remark while defending his frequent clashes with members of the press during the town hall after a woman thanked him for his work, then asked why he avoids directly answering reporters’ questions during coronavirus press briefings and instead opts to “speak of past successes and generally ramble.”
“I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen,” Trump said, sitting in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial.
“The closest would be that gentleman right up there. They always said Lincoln, nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse,” he said.
“They come at me with questions that are disgraceful, to be honest. Disgraceful,” he continued. “Their manner of presentation and their words. I feel if I was kind to them, I’d be walked off the stage. I mean, they come at you with the most horrible, horrendous, biased questions.”
Trump rattled off a list of accomplishments during his administration, all of which were unrelated to the coronavirus.
“All of the things we’ve done and yet we have a very hostile press,” he said. “I really appreciate the question, and I very much appreciate the sentiment behind the question. But I’m standing up there and instead of asking me a normal question, the level of anger and hatred. I’ll look at them, I’ll say, ‘whats your problem?'”
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