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Jon Meacham is, as Wikipedia writes, “a well-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning, and New York Times bestselling presidential historian and journalist.” So he should know about the triumphs and disasters of American presidents through history, right?
Well, you’d think so. But then he came out with this comment about President Trump:
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And because he was in the friendly confines of MSNBC, no one challenged him on that. What’s more, Chris “Tingles” Matthew helped him out:
However, Meacham is forgetting a few things. In fact, he’s forgetting a lot of stuff about other presidents.
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Now I don’t like to plunge in Whataboutism, but there’s a lot here to unpack.
Like Woodrow Wilson, who segregated federal workers, and excused it with this:
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“The purpose of these measures was to reduce the friction. It is as far as possible from being a movement against the Negroes. I sincerely believe it to be in their interest.”
What’s more, Wilson’s wife Ellen may have also encouraged departments in Washington, DC, to designate separate working, eating, and bathroom facilities for black employees.
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Let’s move up to January, 1942, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered “enemy aliens” — immigrants from Italy, Germany, and Japan — to register with the US Department of Justice. They then received a “Certificate of Identification for Aliens of Enemy...
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