A recent poll by Economist/YouGov showed that, among Republicans, President Trump was better than the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
But to MSNBC host Joy Reid, it might be different. In response to the poll, Reid said, “They’re the only group. Only Republicans said Trump was a better president than Lincoln.”
Last week, an Economist/You Gov poll showed that 53% of Republicans said President Trump was a better president than Lincoln, while 47% preferred Lincoln.
Among all Americans, Lincoln is still significantly rated better than Trump, 75% to 25%, with the huge majority of Democrats and independents preferring the 16th president.
“There’s a lot of evidence that it is a racial and religious cult of personality in which his base is solidly among the white evangelicals that almost worship him and say that he’s the chosen one of God,” Reid continued.
MSNBC host then claimed that it is “white evangelicals” who “almost worship” the president.
Joining Reid was author and Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, who said there was a very “cult-like aspect” about President Trump’s popularity.
“When I say that, I’m not being rhetorical. I mean that literally, that there is a very cult-like aspect with what we’re seeing going on with Trump, particularly in the aspect of, Trump is ‘He Who Must Not Be Questioned.’ And all of his idiocies, all of his incompetence, all of his mendacities, must be explained through the framework of him being infallible,” Pitts said.
Reid added that she “felt this same kind of vibe during George W. Bush’s presidency.” and called Republicans “a white party.”
Pitts then called Republicans “a hate group,” saying, “The evidence for that mounts on a daily basis.”
Contradictory to Reid’s claim that Trump supporters are white people, recent polls showed President Trump got huge support from blacks. He also holds steady among Latinos.
Rasmussen Reports showed that 34% of black voters said they now support President Trump. Emerson Polling found that 34.5 % of blacks were in favor of the president. Latest Marist poll showed 33.5 % of “nonwhites,” which include both blacks and Latinos, supported the president.
In 2017 C-SPAN’s third Presidential Historians Survey, about 100 historians and biographers ranked 43 U.S. presidents based on presidential leadership factors, which included “public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relations with Congress, vision, pursued equal justice for all, and performance within the context of his times.”
According to the survey; Abraham Lincoln ranked first, George Washington at 2nd, Thomas Jefferson at 7th, Ronald Reagan at 9th, Andrew Jackson at 18th, and George H.W. Bush in 20th.