In this brief interview by Charlie Rose, the screenwriter of Lincoln refers to Tea Party members as psychotic.
Reagan voters, too.
He says that the welfare state is community.
He says that climate change threatens the species.
All of this is as accurate as his script, which says that Lincoln pushed hard to get Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment in the early weeks of January 1865.
This was the amendment that Lincoln had opposed the year before, which was his re-election year. The Senate had overwhelmingly passed it. But Lincoln prudently refused to support it.
It was a lame-duck House of Representatives in January 1865. There was no pressure required. A new House was about to be seated on March 4. It would have a two-thirds Republican majority. There was no drama.
The film’s drama was made up by the screenwriter. I grant him this: he is very good at faking facts for drama’s sake. It’s called “author’s license.”