Various presidents since the country’s founding can be considered racist, whether because they enslaved Black people, held racist beliefs, or used racist rhetoric.
“If Mr. Biden wanted to call the president a racist, he should have done so and left it at that,” said H.W.
(New York Public Library/Wikimedia Commons)Presidential racism after the Civil WarAfter the Civil War, arguably the most racist president, historians say, was Andrew Johnson.
President Trump and raceSo what about Trump?
Trump challenged Biden’s remark that he was racist and compared his record with Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed enslaved Black people in Confederate states.