The BBC pulls out a few items from Trump’s 30 hours of talking.

Mr Trump argued that no president has ever been as mistreated as himself, including Abe Lincoln, who was shot dead.

“If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly,” he said. “But nobody’s been treated badly like me.”

Mr Trump, who calls himself a student of history, has previously drawn comparisons with the 16th president. During a rally last September in Montana, Mr Trump said Lincoln’s legendary Gettysburg Address “was excoriated by the fake news”.

And during his first election campaign, Mr Trump claimed: “With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office.”

He’s heard of Lincoln…and that’s about it.

The transcript shows how it came up. It was all about the tweets.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The other thing we’re hearing from these– again, these are voters who support you, still say they’re proud of you. They wish you’d cut back on the tweets.

TRUMP: You know, I have it both ways. I have a very unfair press. It’s a fake news. It’s a corrupt news. I have people that are so dishonest. I mean, I had a case of it recently with the New York Times where they’re writing things knowing it was wrong. Knowing. If I don’t put it out– I don’t call it tweets. I call it social media. If I don’t use social media, I do not get the word out. I have some people that do say that, but I have far more that say– just today in the– in the speech I had a woman, “Please don’t stop tweeting. Please. That’s the only way you’re getting the message out.” I have so many people that would go– that would be very unhappy if I ever stopped. And it’s not tweet. It’s social media. I put it out, and then it goes onto your platform. It goes onto ABC. It goes onto the networks. It goes onto all over cable. It’s an incredible–

A long clump like that is helpful for focusing on just how impoverished and empty his speech and his mind are. Watching and hearing him is also helpful for that, but when it’s in front of your eyes in one clump you can see how few words are in play, how much pointless repetition there is.

So that’s how they got to Lincoln – how Trump got to Lincoln.

TRUMP: Well, it’s– it– how can I communicate like that? I put one out this morning. And as soon as I pressed the button, they said, “We have breaking news.” Every network, every station. “We have breaking news.” They read my tweet. Why is that bad? And when I’m treated badly by the press– and nobody’s ever been treated badly like me. When I’m treated so badly–

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know that every president says that.

TRUMP: I– I disagree. Look, it’s been acknowledged. Although they do say Abraham Lincoln was treated really badly. I must say that’s the one. If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly. But nobody’s been treated badly like me. And this way I can fight the dishonest media, the corrupt media, the fake news.


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