In his commencement speech to Connecticut Coast Guard recruits, President Donald Trump alleged he is the most unfairly treated president in history.
"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," Trump said, the Los Angeles Times reports. "You can't let them get you down. You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that's why I won."
He again reiterated similar sentiments later in his speech, referring to the recent controversies over Trump leaking intelligence and firing former FBI Director James Comey.
"Never, ever, ever give up," said the president. "Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media."
Despite repeatedly mentioning them, however, Trump insisted he was ultimately not concerned with what the media or Washington, D.C., thinks of him.
"The people understand what I'm doing, and that's the most important thing," he said. "I didn't get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that's what I'm doing. I will never stop fighting for you, and I will never stop fighting for the American people."
Yet like much of his comments, Trump's claim that he is the most mistreated president in history sparked outrage on social media.
"It is everyone's right to complain if they feel that they are being treated unfairly, but at some point you really need to consider why," wrote one Daily Mail reader in response. "If you are that self-centered to believe yoi have done nothing wrong to deserve the criticism, then you are delusional."
"Let's talk about Trump and the GO Ps outrageous birther claims," wrote another, referring to Trump's previous accusation that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
"He makes a day that these graduates have worked hard for, and turns it into a me, me, me, woe is me speech," added another. "Nothing more than a pathetic, narcissistic manchild!"
However, others thought there was some truth in Trump's allegations.
"But he's right, never have we seen an "independent press" and a desperate deep state attack a Pres the way todays MSM and intelligence agencies are, creating these false narratives and crises without giving a shred of illegal evidence," shot back one person.
"Some Americans are losing perspective with all this anti-Trump coverage," added a British reader. "Every snippet is blown out of all proportion and made to look like a crisis, even his weekend trips to play golf!"