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Trump is the worst President ever, according to experts

Josh Jackman February 20, 2018
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US President Donald Trump speaks on the Florida school shooting, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on February 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier Thursday, President Trump issued a largely symbolic proclamation, ordering that flags be flown at half staff at US embassies, government buildings and military installations."Our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida," he said. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)


Donald Trump is the worst President of all time, a survey of political scientists has found.

The study, commissioned by The New York Times, asked 320 experts to rank all 45 Presidents on a 0-100 scale of for their “overall greatness”.

Last month, Trump broke the record for the lowest approval rating for a President after a year in office, clocking in at just 39 percent.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14:  U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a working session regarding the Opportunity Zones provided by tax reform in the Oval Office of the White House February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted a group of local elected officials, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss "how the 'Opportunity Zones' designation in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will spur investment and job growth in distressed communities."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The President’s approval rating has never gone above 46 percent since he beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election despite receiving three million fewer votes than her.

It seems like the professionals agree with the public’s assessment of Trump, ranking him dead last, with an average of just 12.3 points out of 100.

The study, conducted by the University of Houston’s Brandon Rottinghaus and Boise State University’s Justin S. Vaughn, placed Trump six points lower than William Henry Harrison – who died 31 days into his term.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:  U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the White House on February 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Yesterday's tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump was also rated below James Buchanan, a mainstay of the bottom places of presidential rankings who failed to address slavery or stop the secession of the South.

That’s right, political experts have judged that Trump is a worse President than the man held responsible for the break-up of the United States and the ensuing Civil War.

Also positioned higher than our current commander-in-chief is Franklin Pierce, who demonised the anti-slavery movement and signed a law which forced states to hand over escaped slaves.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  Former U.S. President Barack Obama (R) congratulates U.S. President Donald Trump after he took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Abraham Lincoln tops the ratings, with Barack Obama coming in at number eight.

Andrew Jackson, a Trump favourite whose portrait hangs in the Oval Office, was a pro-slavery President who was responsible for the Trail of Tears and thousands of Native Americans’ deaths.

He is number 15 in the rankings, dozens of places above Trump.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 1:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump, beneath a portrait of populist President Andrew Jackson, speaks before the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as 69th secretary of state in the Oval Office of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the day in a 56-43 vote.  (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
Trump speaks in the Oval Office, as Andrew Jackson looks on (Getty)

The current President’s deep unpopularity may be associated with his racist, homophobic and transphobic statements and policy decisions.

Last month, it was revealed that his administration was set to allow health workers to reject transgender patients.

Under the proposed new rule, medical staff would be permitted to cite their religion as a reason to refuse treatment of any kind to trans people, according to Politico.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks about the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the White House on February 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. Yesterday's tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move would also protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions.

Last year, his administration told the Supreme Court that it should be acceptable for businesses to put up signs denying service to same-sex couples.

But that should be no surprise, considering that Trump has consistently worked to undermine and destroy protections for LGBT people since becoming President.

US President Donald Trump holds two thumbs up while meeting with service members of the United States Coast Guard to play golf at Trump International Golf Course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on December 29, 2017. The President invited members of the Coast Guard to play golf to thank them personally for their service of patrolling the waters near Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Among many hateful acts, he has tried to ban trans people from the military, appointed an anti-LGBT Supreme Court justice and endorsed a Republican who wants to make gay sex illegal.

He has also nominated an Army Secretary who said trans people were diseased, proposed slashing HIV AIDS funding and signed an order permitting anti-LGBT discrimination at work.

Tomorrow, his administration is expected to announce its new policy on transgender people serving in the military.

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