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Trump isn’t the first president to compare himself to Jesus — the last one who did ‘planned to lead his white supremacist supporters to victory’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday stunned many observers when he approvingly quoted a right-wing talk radio host who compared the president to the “second coming of God.”

According to historian Heather Cox Richardson, however, this is not the first time an American president has compared himself to Jesus, whom Christians believe was the son of God.

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Writing on Twitter, Richardson explained that the “last president to compare himself to Jesus was Andrew Johnson, before the 1866 midterms.”

She then wrote that Johnson at the time “planned to lead his white supremacist supporters to victory to roll back Reconstruction.”

However, Johnson’s plans fell apart after the elections as “those who stood against him won a supermajority” and then passed the 14th Amendment that established, among other things, birthright citizenship.

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Johnson was also subsequently impeached in 1868, although he was not convicted in the Senate.


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Nick Akerman, who investigated former President Richard Nixon's tax activities as part of the Watergate investigation, told anchor Erin Burnett that Nixon was a "rookie amateur" compared to Trump's maneuvers which allowed him to pay no federal income taxes for at least 11 years and just $750 in 2016 and 2017.

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Trump supporters expect the election to be over before bedtime Nov. 3 — and are bracing for violence

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President Donald Trump is behind in the polls nationally and in most battleground states, but many of his supporters are sure only fraud can sink him.

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Biden campaign mocks Trump teams’s earpiece conspiracy: They asked Chris Wallace to ‘never mention’ COVID deaths

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Biden campaign deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield on Tuesday claimed that President Donald Trump's team asked debate moderator Chris Wallace not to mention the number of people who have died from COVID-19 during his presidency.

Bedingfield revealed the detail of debate negotiations after the Trump campaign reportedly demanded that Democratic candidate Joe Biden's ears be inspected for listening devices, a conspiracy theory that was quickly repeated on Fox News.

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