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A comprehensive list of Presidents who were more presidential than Trump

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a rally, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

During a campaign rally in Ohio, Donald Trump made the laughable claim that he was “more presidential” than any other President barring Abraham Lincoln. Responding to criticism that his late night Twitter rants, rambling interviews, and public attacks on politicians, cabinet members, and celebrities were unworthy of the office, Trump told the crowd, “It is much easier to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight, believe me.”

“With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. I think that with few exceptions, no president has done anywhere near what we’ve done in his first six months. Not even close,” he added.

To help Donald Trump out, we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of Presidents who were more presidential than Trump. In order, they are:

  1. George Washington, 1789-1797
  2. John Adams, 1797-1801
  3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
  4. James Madison, 1809-1817
  5. James Monroe, 1817-1825
  6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
  7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837*
  8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
  9. William Henry Harrison, 1841
  10. John Tyler, 1841-1845
  11. James Knox Polk, 1845-1849
  12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
  13. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
  14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
  15. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
  16. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
  17. Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
  18. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881
  19. James Abram Garfield, 1881
  20. Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
  21. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
  22. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
  23. Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
  24. William McKinley, 1897-1901
  25. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
  26. William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
  27. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
  28. Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923
  29. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
  30. Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
  31. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
  32. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
  33. Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
  34. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
  35. Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
  36. Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
  37. Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
  38. James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
  39. Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
  40. George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
  41. William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
  42. George Walker Bush, 2001-2009
  43. Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-2016

Presidents who were worse than Donald Trump

James Buchanan, 1857-1861, (America’s gay president) is often considered the worst president by historians. He allowed seven slave states to secede from the nation, kicking off the American Civil War. He did nothing to prevent it and said it was not his job to “restore peace and harmony among the states.”

Trump is trying to start another civil war in America using Twitter and the bully pulpit to urge his followers to engage in violence. Trump hasn’t been successful yet, leaving Buchanan as the only leader of the United States less presidential than Trump.

*Andrew Jackson was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Native Americans, but he was devoted to his wife. Trump, a serial sexual abuser and philanderer,  is desperately trying to steal health care from millions of Americans causing an untold number of deaths. Let’s call this one a tie.

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