The media despises President Donald Trump, this we all know.
According to former GOP congressman and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich, a sitting president has not faced this much hostility from the media in more than 150 years.
In an op-ed for Newsweek, Gingrich decried the state of the anti-Trump media, and pointed out that the press hasn’t been so vehemently opposed to a sitting president since Abraham Lincoln’s day.
For evidence, he quoted the coverage printed in the Memphis Daily Appeal in 1860.
Take a look:
Within 90 days from the time XXX is inaugurated, the Republican Party will be utterly ruined and destroyed. His path is environed with so many difficulties, that even if he had the ability of Jefferson and the energy of Jackson, he would fail, but he is a weak and inexperienced man, and his administration will be doomed from the commencement. If he takes that radical section of the Republican Party, the conservative wing of it will cut loose and repudiate him. If, on the other hand, he courts the conservatives and pursues a moderate conciliatory policy, the radicals will make open war upon his administration.
Another passage was quoted from northern paper The New York Herald:
As President of the United States he must have enough sense to see and acknowledge he has been an egregious failure. One thing must be self-evident to him, and that is that under no circumstances can he hope to be the next President of the United States… [He should] retire from the position to which, in an evil hour, he was exalted.
Now, nobody is comparing Trump to Lincoln. But history has proven Lincoln to have been a great president.
At the time, it would have been kind to call him “controversial.”
However, our country would not be what it is today without Lincoln’s leadership during those times of crisis.
Trump’s supporters knew his presidency was going to be a bumpy ride.
However, there were and remain some major challenges in regard to making this country a better, safer place.
The one topic nobody has ever wanted to take on directly is the problem of illegal immigration.
In 1882, the United States enacted its first major immigration legislation to control the flow of immigration into the country.
The next major piece of legislation was signed in 1891.
More than 100 years ago, elected representatives realized the need to control the flow of immigration.
Now, almost 130 years later, the Democrats are in essence insisting we go back to pre-1882 standards for immigration.
Much like Lincoln, Trump faces a hostile media and political environment as he tries to move this country forward.
And much like Lincoln, it is very likely that Trump’s achievements will not be recognized by the media until long afterward.