President Donald Trump asserted during a campaign rally that he was more presidential than any of his predecessors, save for Abraham Lincoln.
On July 25, Trump held a rally for his 2020 re-election campaign in Youngstown, Ohio. The president lost the town's Mahoning County by a margin of 3 percentage points during the 2016 presidential race and was likely trying to bolster his support there, given the state's importance in any candidate's electoral strategy, CNN reports.
Trump said that his trip to Ohio was a welcome break from Washington D.C., telling the crowd: "I'm back in the American heartland, far away from the Washington swamp."
During his remarks, Trump asserted that he had been more productive than any of his predecessors. He also addressed his polarizing social media habits, stating that he could behave in a more presidential manner if he wanted.
"It is much easier to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight," Trump told the crowd. "With the exception of that late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. I think that with few exceptions, no president has done anywhere near what we've done in his first six months. Not even close."
On July 1, Trump took to Twitter to defend his controversial social media missives.
"My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL," Trump tweeted out. "Make America Great Again!"
According to Time, Trump previously referenced Lincoln during a National Republican Congressional Dinner on March 21, saying: "Most people don't even know he was a Republican. Does anyone know? Lot of people don't know that."
A common nickname for the GOP is "The Party of Lincoln."
Former GOP Rep. David Jolly of Florida, a vocal Trump critic, blasted the president for comparing himself to Lincoln's stature in American history.
"He's missing the lessons of history, and I suppose it was kind of him to exempt Abraham Lincoln from his declaration ... those we consider presidential have earned it, not declared it," Jolly told CNN's "New Day."
Jolly accused Trump of engaging "in self-promotion, suggesting he is above accountability, and obviously in the division through insults and through his Twitter feed."
On July 17, an ABC News/Washington Post survey found that only 24 percent of national adults believed that Trump's behavior was appropriate for his office while 70 percent said his conduct was unpresidential. Furthermore, 56 percent of respondents believed that Trump's behavior was damaging his administration, according to ABC News.