At a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump bragged that he could be “more presidential” than any other president in U.S. history – other than Abraham Lincoln.
“Sometimes they say ‘he doesn’t’ act presidential,” Trump said of his critics. “And I say, ‘look, great schools, smart guy, it is so easy to act presidential.’ But that’s not going to get it done. In fact, I said – it is much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight, believe me.”
“[W]ith the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that has ever held this office, that I can tell you,” he proclaimed to the crowd.
“It’s much easier to act presidential than what we’re doing here tonight,” he told the crowd.
Trump also took a shot at the media for not being able to tell the difference between a joke and a statement of fact, noting “every president on Mount Rushmore believed in protecting American industry.”
“Now here’s what I do. I’d ask whether or not you someday think I will be on Mount Rushmore,” Trump said. “But here’s the problem, if I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say ‘he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore.’
“So, I won’t say it. Okay? I won’t say it.”
“. . . They’ll say it anyway, you watch: ‘Trump thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore. Isn’t that terrible?'”