In giving his commencement speech to Coast Guard graduates on Wednesday, President Donald Trump expressed a very odd sentiment — that he’s been treated worse than any other president in history.
“Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair,” Trump began, and at first glance it sounded like any other commencement speech. But then Trump added, “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
Trump has, of course, on myriad occasions blasted former President Barack Obama, perpetuating the myth that Obama wasn’t a naturally-born citizen of the United States. He kept up that belief, in fact, in spite of overwhelming evidence that contradicted it, and only finally admitted in September of 2016 — four months before Obama’s second term in office was due to end — that he was, indeed, born in America.
Trump today faces scrutiny from the media for firing former FBI Director James Comey amidst an investigation into possible collusion between Russian agents and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Trump may have committed an act of obstructing justice when he did so.
He may have also tried to coerce Comey into dropping the investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s role in discussing with the Russians shortly before Trump took office ways to lift economic sanctions placed on the Kremlin.
Watch a video of Trump’s claim that no one else has been treated as bad by the media below:
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 17, 2017