Donald Trump and Theresa May had a good laugh about "fake news" at their press conference, July 13, 2018. They might just as well have added a discussion about "fake history."
All of the American television networks, including the normally objective, Fox News Channel, have been busy this week reporting on the "unprecedented" protests against Trump’s visit to Europe. They typically show footage of Ronald Reagan speaking to cheering crowds in Berlin, saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Or showcase his close relationship with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
London mayor Sadiq Khan approved the launching of a Trump-like pig balloon to fly over the city during Trump’s visit. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer called it "new territory."
But in fact, the stream of Trump haters in London cannot even compare to previous anti-America protests that history-deprived journalists seem to have forgotten.
In October of 1983, more than one million people filled the streets of West Germany to protest Reagan’s deployment of the Pershing 2 and cruise missiles.
This number included 400,000 protesters in Bonn. 200,000 in Stuttgart
Similar protests were held in Paris, London, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna. A bomb was thrown into a military intelligence school in Germany.
Two years later, in 1985, there were similar protests against Reagan when he visited the Bitburg Cemetery.
In fact, Ronald Reagan was hated globally. I took a world speaking tour during that time and there were only two places on earth that liked Reagan and America; the apartheid government of South Africa and South Korea. It was amazing.
Reagan is considered by many as one of America’s greatest presidents. One survey actually ranks him as the greatest. His Pershing 2 missiles helped end the Cold War, allowing the reunification of Germany.
The truth of history is that many presidents are despised — even during their time in office.
Consider the following memo sent to the American Ambassador in London: "As to the politics of Washington, the most striking thing is the absence of personal loyalty to the president. It does not exist. He has no admirers. . . . This is felt by all, and has got down through all layers of society. It has a disastrous effect on all departments and classes of officials, as well as on the public."
The memo was written by Richard Dana to American Ambassador Charles Francis Adams in London.
The president in question? Abraham Lincoln.
Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush. He is the author of "Game of Thorns: Inside the Clinton-Trump Campaign of 2016." Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.
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