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David Frum: Donald Trump Worse Than Slaveholders

We’ve had a lot of bad presidents. But David Frum thinks the one we inaugurated on Friday is the worst — ever. And he’s making very clear that his characterization includes all the men who’ve led the country.

Frum is a prominent neoconservative, editor at the Atlantic Magazine and a member of the Never Trump movement. He’s spoken out against the president since the beginning of the campaign.

A dozen presidents including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Ulysses Grant owned slaves. Frum had a backhanded compliment for Jackson, a war hero who’s considered by most historians to be an inept leader with an authoritarian streak. “At least Andrew Jackson was physically brave,” he added.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon




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