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The Verdict Is in: Guess Who's the Worst President in US History?

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Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.

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There’s always much debate about who was the best or worst president, but it's difficult to keep political bias from influencing the results.

Based on an objective review of the facts in this article, we can reveal which president made the worst decisions, exercised the worst judgement, told the most blatant lies and caused the most death and harm to the country than any other president in the past century.

Initially, when this article was first written, the clear winner of the “Worst President Award” went to George W. Bush for a multitude of reasons enumerated below. More recently however, we’ve had a new contender who has arguably done far more harm to this country: Donald J. Trump.

Let's begin by looking at some of the things George W. Bush and Donald Trump have in common.

1. Both Bush and Trump left office with dismal job creation records.

Both men inherited a robust economy from their Democratic predecessors and managed to tank the economy during each of their presidencies.

When Bush left office, due to the economic collapse and the millions of jobs lost that occurred on his watch, he had the worst rate of net job creation since the Great Depression.

That is, until Donald Trump came along. During Trump’s first 3 years, the rate of job creation dropped significantly from what he inherited from Obama.

Then, during Trump's 4th year as president, due to his poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many Americans lost their jobs that Trump became the first president since the Great Depression to preside over a net loss of jobs during his presidency.

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Trump inherited a booming economy when he became president, but not once during his presidency did the rate of job creation equal the rate he inherited from Obama.

Trump inherited a booming economy when he became president, but not once during his presidency did the rate of job creation equal the rate he inherited from Obama.

2. Bush and Trump each set records for running up the national debt.

Bush inherited a budget surplus from President Clinton, yet his tax policies immediately eliminated the surplus and ultimately turned that surplus into a $1.4 trillion deficit, by far the highest it had ever been.

And yet Trump outdid him. Trump’s policies left us with an annual deficit of over $3 trillion. During his 4 years as president, he added over $8 trillion to the national debt.

During Obama's 2nd term, the deficit was getting smaller each year.  Although Trump promised to eliminate the budget deficit entirely, it exploded to record levels during his presidency, adding 6.7 trillion dollars to the national debt.

During Obama's 2nd term, the deficit was getting smaller each year. Although Trump promised to eliminate the budget deficit entirely, it exploded to record levels during his presidency, adding 6.7 trillion dollars to the national debt.

3. Bush and Trump both pursued policies that cost large numbers of American lives.

Bush ignored repeated warnings about 9/11 and then started the 2 longest wars in US history. He also used false and misleading information to start an unnecessary war in Iraq.

Trump's pitiful response to the Covid-19 crisis cost arguably hundreds of thousands of American lives. After most other countries had turned the corner in the pandemic and saw their infection rate decline, the US infection rate continued to set record highs a full year after the pandemic started.

Not only did Trump repeatedly downplay the severity of the pandemic, his campaign rallies (consisting of thousands of unmasked people) spread the virus to countless tens of thousands. By refusing to require masks, many of Trumps closest advisers, top officials in the Republican Party, as well as Trump himself, all contracted the COVID-19 virus.

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Trump played over 250 rounds of golf at Trump-owned properties during his presidency.

Trump played over 250 rounds of golf at Trump-owned properties during his presidency.

4. Both Bush and Trump spent extraordinary amounts of time on vacation.

Bush set a new record for spending the most amount of time on vacation for any president, 1020 days. Most of that time was spent at his ranch in Texas.

Trump spent over ¼ of his presidency, 381 days, on vacation. Almost all of that time was spent at his commercial properties like Mar-a-Lago.

5. Bush and Trump both used the presidency to facilitate unethical profiteering.

Bush allowed war profiteers like Halliburton to make billions of dollars on no-bid contracts on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Trump repeatedly used the presidency to promote his resorts and hotels and spent as much time as possible during his presidency at Trump-owned properties. Donald Trump personally profited from staying at his resorts and directing others in the government to stay at his hotels and resorts.

A few other disastrous similarities between Bush and Trump.

6. Both of them reduced environmental standards to allow more deadly toxins in our air and water.

7. Both weakened or repealed financial regulations that prevent an economic crash like the one in 2008.

8. Both presidents left office with a 34% job approval rating.

9. Both men had horrible responses to natural disasters that occurred during their presidencies. Bush had a famously terrible response to hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Trump had an equally poor response to hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and he claimed (without offering any evidence) that the official death toll there was inflated just to make him look bad.

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Bush Was Bad, But Only Trump Was THIS Awful.

While Bush and Trump both had a terrible record as president, Donald Trump is the only president for whom all of the following things are true.

  • Trump made openly racist remarks about Mexicans, Muslims, Asians and he referred to African nations as “shithole countries”.
  • Trump’s campaign actively worked with Russia to assist them in interfering in the election to help Trump win. His campaign manager even gave polling data to the Russians so they could focus their interference on key states to swing the election for Trump.
  • According to the Mueller investigation, Trump committed at least 10 acts of obstruction of Justice to cover up his campaign’s involvement with Russia.
  • He admitted that he fired the FBI Director because of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. That alone is an admission of obstruction of Justice.
  • As president, Trump was ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars to the people he swindled with his fraudulent university and his fraudulent charity.
  • Trump was accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault by over 2 dozen women. He publicly bragged about sexually groping women and going backstage at beauty pageants to see contestants half naked. Then, when women accused Trump of doing the exact things he bragged about, he called them liars.
  • His obsessive bragging caused the entire United Nations General Assembly to burst out laughing during his speech.
  • By repealing the Iran nuclear agreement, he enabled Iran to resume their nuclear weapons program.
  • Trump is the first president to refuse to divest himself from his business interests and he refused to release his tax returns.
  • He had so many ethics violations and conflicts of interest that Walter Shaub, his Director of the US Office of Government Ethics resigned in protest.
  • Trump rejected the findings of our intelligence agencies and chose to believe Vladimir Putin about Russian interference in our election.
  • Trump had his lawyer illegally pay an adult film star to keep quiet about their affair during his presidential campaign. Trump's personal lawyer wrote checks totaling $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair during the 2016 presidential race.
  • During campaign rallies, Trump encouraged his supporters to physically assault non-violent protesters.
  • He pressured the president of Ukraine and other world leaders to help him get reelected or dig up dirt on his political opponent.
  • Trump is the only president in history to be impeached twice.
  • He’s the only president in the past 200 years to lose the popular vote twice (by a combined ten million votes) and never reach 50% job approval during his presidency.
  • He’s the only president to refuse to accept the results of the election or agree to a peaceful transition of power.
  • He encouraged his most radical supporters to march on Washington DC to stop the certification of the 2020 election, which ultimately led to the violent attack on the US Capitol.

Trump was a pathological liar.

Most politicians are accused of lying, but Donald Trump told such a multitude of easily provable lies every single day that it is difficult to track them all. Here's something to help you remember some of the countless lies Trump has told.

Trump lied about putting immigrant children in cages
And the amount of time he spends on vacation.
He lied about paying his workers their wages.
He lied about his charitable foundation.

He lied about the death toll in Puerto Rico
From Hurricane Maria.
He lied about pay raises for American troops
And disarming North Korea.

He lied about Trump University,
One of his fraudulent business schemes.
He lied about releasing his taxes
And harassing young beauty queens.

He lied about a crisis on our southern border
And the rate of immigrant crime there.
He lied about paying the porn star
To keep quiet about their affair.

He said Obama’s birth certificate was fake
And swore he had documentation.
He lied about opposing the war in Iraq
And "job-killing" EPA regulation.

He lied about the size of his inaugural crowd.
He lied about the size of his brain.
He lied about his "perfect" phone call
With the president of Ukraine.

He lied about terror attacks in Sweden
And the illegal immigrants he’s hired.
He lied about the American jobs he exported
And the reason James Comey was fired.

He lied about Mexico paying for the wall
And how a Turkish reporter had died.
He lied about Russian electoral meddling
“I know the best words”, he lied.

He lied about electoral fraud
And told his supporters to rise up.
His lies caused a Capitol riot
And massive violence to erupt.

He lied about his contacts with Putin,
And Russian ties to his campaign.
If you point out his incessant lies
He’ll just whine, gripe and complain.

By now I’m sure you must wonder.
How many lies he can keep on his plate?
His lies contradict each other.
He can’t even keep them all straight.

The Bottom Line

During his presidency, Donald Trump’s short temper, obnoxious personality, childish behavior, pathological lying, narcissism, sexism, and racism were unparalleled in the American presidency. It is not surprising that in a 2021 opinion poll, Trump was ranked at the bottom with fully half of all respondents saying he was the worst president in history.

Setting political opinions aside and just looking at the facts, it's hard to imagine any other American president who inherited a better overall national and international situation while leaving the country in more dismal shape than Donald Trump.

Don't take my word for anything you've read here. Every fact in this article can be independently verified, and I encourage you to fact-check them for yourself.


There is no contest. Donald Trump is undeniably the Worst President in US History.

Before you leave any comments, read this note.

This article was not intended to be a detailed analysis of all US presidents to determine who was the worst among them.

This article is an explanation of why the author believes Donald J. Trump to be the worst president in history.

The opinion poll at the end of the article exists primarily for the purpose of measuring the reader’s views. It is not by any means a scientific poll of a cross section of the American people and it has nothing to do with the content of the article.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What constitutional powers do Presidents have to create jobs?

Answer: Presidents work with Congress to create legislation that can lead to the creation of millions of jobs.

Question: Doesn’t "the worst president in US History," described in this article sound a lot like Trump?

Answer: Trump has not been president long enough to do as much damage as George W. Bush did. My fear is that if Trump gains a 2nd term, he will do far more damage to our country than Bush ever could have.

© 2015 jeff61b

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