Donald Trump Said That Abraham Lincoln Was "Ridiculed" for His Gettysburg Address

Type: Misleading StatementsSep 06 2018 Severity:
Targeted: The MediaAbout: Gettysburg Address
President Trump attended a rally to support Matt Rosendale, a candidate for the Montana Senate. During his speech, Trump likened himself to President Abraham Lincoln. He said the 16th president was "excoriated" by the "fake news" and how they "had fake news then," and that "they said it was a terrible, terrible speech." Which was a misleading statement. In actuality, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was divided along partisan lines. The NYT, then a Republican- leaning publication, printed it in the newspaper. Democratic-leaning publications were critical of the speech.

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Quote | He compared himself to Lincoln by saying he was "ridiculed" as well.

"When Abraham Lincoln made the Gettysburg Address speech, the great speech, do you know he was ridiculed? He was ridiculed. … He was excoriated by the fake news. They had fake news then. He was excoriated. They said it was a terrible, terrible speech,” Trump told ralliers in Montana, likening himself to the 16th President of the United States.

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