Thomas Jefferson was kind of a dick. This is probably not a popular opinion, but I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Monticello and the University of Virginia, so I know more about him than anyone would ever want to know. I think I visited his home, Monticello (which bankrupted him and his family) at least a dozen times.
An example of TJ being a son of a bitch is something you learn when you first enter the foyer of Monticello—you see that it is filled with all sorts of maps, pelts, and Western paraphernalia. The tour guide then tells you that he kept the room as sort of a museum, and when guests would call on him, he’d make them wait in the room for hours, presumably to force them to look at his cool stuff out of sheer boredom, like “fuck you, you’re gonna look at this fancy shit I collected, nerds.”
Another instance of his asshole behavior has to do with his portrait collection. He had several portraits of his favorite thinkers commissioned and hanging in a line on his wall. While looking at his portraits, you will notice that there is one near the ground. That’s a painting of his son, who never graduated college. Because of his incomplete education, TJ told him that his portrait didn’t deserve to be near the great minds, so he hung it near the floor!
There are plenty of other reasons why he was an absolute jerk (cough cough slavery cough), though I will concede that he also did a lot of awesome stuff (The Declaration of Independence was pretty okay I guess, and I went to his school or whatever).