Here is presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham on MSNBC:
I’m not sure how you measure this, but Trump would certainly be high on the list. Johnson was pretty racist. So was Andrew Jackson. (Meacham’s biography of Jackson won the Pulitzer).
Trump’s remarks were made at a time when racism in America is less overt and more subtle. His comments were also made at a time when we might expect our leaders to have learned lessons from America’s racist past. Perhaps this all makes Trump’s remarks even more egregious than Johnson or Jackson.