Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War

The "fake news" media continues to entrap President Donald Trump by asking him questions during interviews, allowing him to answer, and then using his own words against him.

Trump also questioned why the Civil War wasn't prevented.

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?" But after Trump's intellectually deficient interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito, Sam Cooke's "What a Wonderful World (This Would Be)" could also apply.

The only other possibility is that Trump does does understand the Civil War was fought over slavery - and that he'd have been willing to "cut a deal" on slavery were he President at the time.

Chillingly, the Civil War started in that same Charleston harbor, as Confederate troops fired on the Union outpost of Fort Sumter, and the rest is history.

Lincoln "was willing to let slavery stand in the states where it existed", Meacham said.

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"Footnote for non-US readers", said a professor of American literature at the University of London. "As a historian, I would prefer the president had a better handle on American history".

Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord tried to defend President Donald Trump's historically illiterate comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War on Tuesday, but he mostly flailed around wildly and left his fellow CNN panelist utterly baffled. Trump suggested the former president might have averted the conflict and began questioning the reasons that war broke out. He went on to characterize Jackson's campaign as "very very mean and nasty", while calling the man himself a "very tough person" with "a big heart". Jackson died in 1845.

Former president Jackson, a slave owner who took out "Stop the Runaway" newspaper ads in the 1800s, was the country's 17th president and is on the $20 bill. Some historians credit him with preserving the full Union when SC threatened to secede in the 1830s over an individual state's ability to void federal tariffs. Because they said this was the meanest and nastiest. "The situation in 1861 was far more dire than in the 1830s during the Nullification Crisis". Northern votes had just elected Abraham Lincoln, a president from an allegedly radical new party that insisted that slavery was wrong and must be contained to the South. The federal government tried to avoid a conflict for years, most notably with the Compromise of 1850.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for an explanation of Trump's reasoning.

It's because my ancestors and millions of others were enslaved. In February, during Black History Month, he seemed to imply that Frederick Douglass, a noted abolitionist who escaped slavery, became a presidential adviser and died in 1895, was still alive.

What I do take issue with is his claim that Jackson "had a big heart". "It was 1828. That's a long time ago", Trump said.

  • Phil Peters