On Wednesday President Donald Trump complained he was being persecuted by the media.

Giving the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for the US Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut, the President remarked that he is treated appallingly by the fourth estate.

Mistaking the ceremony for a campaign rally, the President sought to inspire the graduates by citing the heroic example of himself.

Look at the way I've been treated lately. Especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety [sic], has been treated worse, or more unfairly.

You can't let them get you down.

You can't let the critics and the nay sayers get in the way of your dreams.

On Thursday, he tweeted that this was a 'witch hunt'.

While fake news stories created by his opponents have been plentiful - like any mainstream politician these days - this seems like quite a big claim to make.

Particularly given all the historical examples of politicians treated more unfairly than President Trump - who is still only 118 days into his first term.

A lot of people made the obvious one - President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, 22 November 1963.

Nelson Mandela was another popular example of a leader treated more unfairly than President Trump.

Mandela was jailed by the South African government for 27 years.

Historian Dan Snow had some niche cases.

The President's choice of words probably has a reasonable explanation.

He wanted to get to a section about civic pride but then the eclipse happened so he ascended and his ego was in full view of the graduates.

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