Why is Donald Trump being compared to Andrew Johnson?

A Case of Uncanny Similarities

4 min readFeb 1


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From George Washington to Donald Trump, the long list of U.S Presidents has made newspaper headlines, whether good or bad. Recently, the spotlight has focused on Donald Trump, who lost his re-election campaign against Joe Biden.

Following the ending of Trump’s Presidential term in the White House, the nation’s media could not resist drawing a comparison between the 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, and the 45th President, Donald Trump.

While it is no secret how Trump’s racist personality and insensitive public comments always managed to keep him in the headlines, the media found that the uncanny similarities between him and Johnson aligned too well to ignore.

Trump and Johnson’s Refusal to Attend their Successor’s Inauguration:

As his time in office ends, President Trump’s refusal to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, makes him the first living President since Andrew Johnson, who decided to forgo the swearing-in ceremony of his successor.

Furthermore, Johnson hosted a counter-inaugural cabinet meeting when Ulysses Grant was sworn in as the 18th President of the United States. Many expect an equal act from Trump following his announcement to forgo his successor’s ceremony.

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Impeachment of Trump and Johnson:

Another similarity that links Donald Trump with Andrew Johnson is the impeachment trial against a sitting President, Trump. The trial occurred during the final year of Trump’s first term when Andrew Johnson faced his impeachment trial.

This trial was the third in U.S. history where the House of Representatives had to formally conduct an inquiry against a sitting U.S President for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Shortly after, the media drew comparisons of Trump’s impeachment fiasco with Johnson’s since it also occurred during the last year of his first term.




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