Donald Trump has once again merited the ire of the Internet, this time for wondering why there was a need for a Civil War. During an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Selena Zito, the president praised America’s seventh commander-in-chief Andrew Jackson and said the war between the north and the south could’ve been avoided had he been president “a little later.”
“People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?” Trump said in a clip of the radio interview released by the SiriusXM show on Monday (May 1). “Main Street Meets the Beltway.
“People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Trump added.
— SiriusXMPolitics (@SXMPolitics) May 1, 2017
Trump’s appeal has drawn comparisons to Andrew Jackson, which he accepts. The president visited Jackson’s estate in March and even placed a wreath on his tomb.
“Had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart,” Trump said. “He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.”
Andrew Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War began in 1845.
Trump’s lack of knowledge about the Civil War–which took place to the union being divided about slavery–is reminiscent of Trump’s comments surrounding author and abolitionist Frederick Douglass by calling him a great guy who had “done an amazing job.”
Critics, including Chelsea Clinton, quickly responded to Trump’s Civil War claims.
1 word answer: Slavery. Longer: When Andrew Jackson died in 1845 (16 yrs before the Civil War began), he owned 150 men, women and children. https://t.co/Icg6puG2JZ
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 1, 2017
The Civil War ended when Frederick Douglass gave Andrew Jackson a Pepsi.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 1, 2017
As I understand it @POTUS*, the Civil War began when Lincoln bogeyed the 18th & gave himself a par. Davis wasn’t having it. What’d you hear?
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 1, 2017