President Donald Trump bragged Tuesday he could be "more presidential" than any other president in U.S. history – other than Abraham Lincoln.
The bold boast came at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where Trump dismissed critics who say he does not act the part, declaring "political correctness, for me is easy."
"Sometimes they say 'he doesn't' act presidential," he said. "And I say, 'look, great schools, smart guy, it is so easy to act presidential.' But that's not going to get it done. In fact, I said – it is much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight, believe me."
"[W]ith the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that has ever held this office, that I can tell you," he proclaimed.
A clip of the remarks was posted by Mediaite.
According to Trump, acting presidential is "really easy," but "we have to move a little faster than that."
"We will never be beholden to the lobbyists or the special interests," he continued.
"We will never be silenced by the media. I want to protect America, and I want to protect the citizens of America. Your hopes are my hopes. Your dreams are my dreams. I have a great, successful career. I have built a great, great business. This is the only thing that matters. This is the only thing that matters. There is nothing. Your future is what I'm fighting for each and every day."
Trump also chided the media for not being able to tell the difference between a joke and a statement of fact, noting "every president on Mount Rushmore believed in protecting American industry," The Hill reported.
"Now here's what I do. I'd ask whether or not you someday think I will be on Mount Rushmore," Trump said. "But here's the problem, if I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say 'he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore.'
"So, I won't say it. Okay? I won't say it."
". . . They'll say it anyway, you watch: 'Trump thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore. Isn't that terrible?'"
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