America’s worst president is Andrew Johnson: President’s Day video.

How Andrew Johnson Became America’s Worst President

How Andrew Johnson Became America’s Worst President

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Feb. 15 2015 8:00 PM

America’s Worst President

How Andrew Johnson betrayed Lincoln and screwed America for a century.

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Every February, a national holiday celebrates the accomplishments of the various men who have held America’s highest office. But this Presidents Day, let’s take a moment to remember the man who betrayed his running mate, Abraham Lincoln; let the South off easy after the Civil War; turned a blind eye on rampant domestic terrorism; and ensured a full century of disenfranchisement for black Americans. The video above makes the case that Andrew Johnson is inarguably America’s worst president.

Jamelle Bouie is Slates chief political correspondent.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.