The scandalous President Donald Trump has insulted a lot of people — and things. He’s insulted political figures, celebrities, and even other countries. So it might not come as a huge surprise that he has insulted former U.S. presidents. But what might surprise you are the ones who Trump doesn’t dig — particularly Barack Obama (page 4) — and the one he admires deeply (page 7).
Keep reading to get the scoop on Trump’s feelings about some of his predecessors. And see whether you agree with him.
1. George W. Bush
In January 2018, The New York Times published an article titled, The 425 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List. It was quite an eye-opener to see everything Trump has tweeted about people all in one place. George W. Bush made the list, because apparently, Donald Trump is not a fan. Here are some of his tweets regarding the former president:
- “the WTC came down during his watch”
- “no more Bushes”
- “wants $120,000 to make a boring speech”
- “not nice!”
Next: Trump doesn’t hold back about this president.
2. Bill Clinton
We all know Trump hated Hillary Clinton, but apparently, he had the same feelings for Bill Clinton. He has had some terrible things to say about him on Twitter. Nos. 3, 6, and 11 are particularly ironic, don’t you think?
- “doesn’t know much”
- “Wild Bill”
- “There’s never been anyone more abusive to women in politics”
- “Highly overrated!”
- “What Bill did was stupid!”
- “the WORST abuser of woman in U.S. political history”
- “was called a racist”
- “terrible, failed badly”
- “so inappropriate”
- “DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM”
Next: Trump goes international with his hatred.
3. Kim Jong Un
Trump doesn’t stop at insulting U.S. presidents. As you might know, he has had a long-standing battle with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. The two of them have insulted each other back and forth in ways that would make a fifth grader proud. Here’s what Trump has tweeted about Kim:
- “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button”
- “Little Rocket Man”
- “I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’”
- “obviously a madman”
Next: The one you’ve been waiting for
4. Barack Obama
Donald Trump is obsessed with Barack Obama. If he could, he’d like to completely erase Obama off the books, according to The New York Times. Not only has he questioned the former president’s birthplace — he championed the racial “birther” lie — Trump questioned Obama’s literary and academic achievements. Trump actually used Obama to come onto the political scene — by attacking him; Trump became popular with others who disliked him.
Next: Trump pulls out all the stops.
5. Trump has flat-out lied about Obama
Trump has told more than one lie about Obama, according to The New York Times. He accused Obama of tapping his phones and claimed Obama’s inauguration crowd size wasn’t as large as his. In addition, Trump made the outrageous accusation that Obama colluded with the Russians.
Next: What’s behind the hatred
6. Why Trump hates Obama so much
As you know, Trump takes it deeply personally that he is reviled by so many. He never feels he’s celebrated, commended, liked, or thanked enough. Many, on the other hand, loved Obama,, which likely bothers the crap out of Trump. Obama was also devoid of scandal, which probably makes Trump plenty mad.
According to a recent Pew Research Center report: “Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22 percent has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64 percent expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.”
Next: And now, a president Trump actually admires
7. Trump loves this former U.S. president
Trump’s hero and role model is former U.S. president Andrew Jackson, who he feels is a reflection of himself, according to the Washington Post. He liked Jackson so much, in fact, that he went to Tennessee in 2017 to commemorate the 250th birthday of the seventh president
Trump feels he and Jackson have a lot in common. “They say my election was most similar to his,” said Trump said. Like Trump, Jackson was well to do, and he often talked of the working class whites’ frustrations with moneyed interests. Known as the “people’s president,” Jackson was quite the departure from the elite who served before him, much like Trump.
After Trump’s upset win last November, then chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter that “like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement. The conservatives are going to go crazy.”
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