Historians ranked presidents and Obama ranked in the top ten while Trump was listed near the bottom, according to The Daily Wire.
“As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, C-SPAN is releasing the results of its fourth Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, in which a cross-section of presidential historians and professional observers of the presidency ranked the country’s 44 former chief executives on 10 characteristics of leadership.”
RESULTS: C-SPAN's 2021 Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership:
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 30, 2021
“Former President Donald Trump enters the ranks for the first time in the #41 position. His highest rankings were in Public Persuasion (#32) and Economic Management (#34). The historians ranked him in last place (#44) for Moral Authority and Administrative Skills.”
Lincoln was listed as number one.
“C-SPAN’s success in assembling a truly diverse group of historians and professional observers of the presidency only strengthens an already strong poll,” said Amity Shlaes.
“What stands out to me here is the stability,” stated Richard Norton Smith.
“It’s interesting, particularly at the top and bottom of the list, how little significant movement there has been. By contrast, the living presidents seem much more likely to fluctuate. It’s almost as if there was a boomerang effect where historians go overboard a bit when presidents leave office and they are at the nadir of their partisan reputation, and then they graduate to a less political status.”
From The Daily Wire:
Dr. Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University, was not pleased that so many slave-holding presidents continue to hover at the top of the list. “Despite the fact that we’ve become more aware of the historical implications of racial injustice in this country and we’re continuing to grapple with those issues, we still have slaveholding presidents at or near the top of the list. So even though we may be a bit more enlightened about race today, we are still discounting its significance when evaluating these presidents,” she said.
At the #41 ranking, Trump scored right below William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia 31 days into his presidency.
The only presidents who ranked below Trump were Franklin Pierce, who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act that led to Bleeding Kansas; Andrew Johnson, who was impeached and opposed rights for black Americans; and James Buchanan, whose ineffective leadership is widely considered a leading factor in the Civil War.