Donald Says Pres. Andrew Jackson Was Angry about the Civil War and Said There “Was No Reason” for It

Of course, Jackson died 16 years before the war began
Donald (left) and Pres. Andrew Jackson
Donald (left) and Pres. Andrew Jackson

If Donald Trump learned American history at Trump University, he should sue himself for malpractice. In an interview on SiriusXM with Salena Zito, a reporter for the right-wing Washington Examiner, Trump asserted that Pres. Andrew Jackson questioned the necessity of the Civil War.

“He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War,” Donald claimed. “He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’”

Of course, Jackson died in 1845, 16 years before the Civil War began.

Donald said that like Jackson he, too, can’t understand why the war had to be fought. “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why?” Donald asked. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

It was presumably a rhetorical question, of course, and one that sounds suspiciously like something he heard from his Alt-Klan senior advisor, Steve Bannon. The reporter, Salena Zito — who seconds earlier had described Jackson as “fascinating” — had no response.

Neither Trump nor Zito mentioned the word “slavery” in the discussion, even though, as everyone knows, the Civil War was the bloody culmination of a decades-long regional struggle over the immorality of holding people in bondage.

Donald, who has compared himself to Jackson in the past and who hung a portrait of the seventh president in the Oval Office, described Andrew Jackson as “a very tough person, but he had a big heart.”

It’s hard to find historical evidence of Jackson’s big heart. He became wealthy from the labor over 100 enslaved laborers on his plantation outside Nashville — and one of the signature actions of his presidency was the forcing thousands of Cherokee people from their homes in the southern Appalachians onto the thousand-mile “Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma.

“My campaign and win was most like Andrew Jackson, with his campaign,” Donald said in the interview, “And I said, when was Andrew Jackson? It was 1828. That’s a long time ago. That’s Andrew Jackson. And he had a very, very mean and nasty campaign. Because they said this was the meanest and the nastiest. And unfortunately, it continues.”

It is unfortunate, but the fact is that the vast majority of the nastiness in the 2016 campaign came from Donald.

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