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Former President Donald Trump, a former reality-TV star who’s famously obsessed with ratings, is unlikely to appreciate C-SPAN’s new survey of presidential leadership. Historians who participated in the survey ranked Trump among the worst US presidents. Out of 44 presidents reviewed for the survey by 142 historians and professional observers of the presidency, Trump landed at 41st, the lowest ranking of any president in the past 150 years. The only presidents who ranked lower than Trump were Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan. Trump is one of the few single-term presidents and the only president to be impeached twice. Months after leaving office, Trump has still not acknowledged that Joe Biden defeated him fairly. His lies about the election helped provoke the fatal insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 and have fueled divisions in the US while raising fears among scholars about the future of American democracy. Other recent presidents’ rankings in the C-SPAN survey changed from 2017. Barack Obama,for example,rose to 10th from 12th; he fell just behind Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln snagged the top spot, followed by George Washington.

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