Trump compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, says "fake news" media had ridiculed the iconic president as well
President Trump said the speech only became widely revered 50 years after Abraham Lincoln's untimely death
The "fake news" media has been around for decades, maybe even centuries, according to President Donald Trump. On Thursday night, he declared that unreliable media houses “excoriated” former President Abraham Lincoln after his Gettysburg Address.
During a rally in Billings, Montana, Trump said, "You know when Abraham Lincoln made that Gettysburg Address speech, the great speech, you know he was ridiculed?" He was referring to the famous speech delivered by Lincoln during the Civil War in 1863.
"And he was excoriated by the fake news. They had fake news then. They said it was a terrible, terrible speech," reported The Hill.
Lincoln's speech was respected by the mainstream press only 50 years after his assassination in 1865, Trump added, comparing his situation to the erstwhile president. "Fifty years after his death they said it may have been the greatest speech ever made in America," Trump continued. "I have a feeling that's going to happen with us. In different ways, that's going to happen with us."
President Trump was rooting for Matt Rosendale, the GOP Senate candidate who is challenging Democratic Sen Jon Tester in Billings, Montana, at a campaign rally when he made the aforementioned comments. “Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp,” Trump said
However, the blue wave of critics raided social media immediately after his speech to point out so-called "inaccuracies" in Trump’s Gettysburg claim. Washington lawyer George Conway tweeted against the President, citing links to archived Times articles from 1863, “The coverage of President Lincoln’s address in The New York Times was quite favorable, actually."
Just months after the Union armies defeated the Confederacy armies at the Battle of Gettysburg, erstwhile President Abraham Lincoln delivered the widely respected Gettysburg Address on a battlefield in 1863. It is now one of the best-known speeches in American History, reported Newsweek.
In the 272-word address, Lincoln explained that the Civil War was a struggle that would bring real equality to all Americans.
Here is the text of the famous address, per a Cornell University Library copy of the speech:
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."