Trump Confused About Civil War

President Trump seems to think that if his slave-owning predecessor Andrew Jackson had lived a little longer, or at least been around a bit later, the Civil War could have been avoided.

Donald Trump expressed confusion in an interview published Monday as to why the civil war had taken place.

"He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war. He said, 'There's no reason for this, '" Trump continued. "Why could that one not be worked out?" the president rambled during an interview on Sirius XM Radio with Salena Zito from The Washington Examiner.

Jackson's thoughts on the Civil War are unknown because he died in 1845, 16 years before the start of the war.

Trump - who earlier in the interview referred to comparisons between his own presidential bid and the Tennessean's populist 1828 campaign - went on to pose a more direct question about the Civil War: "Why?"

Trump told the Examiner he has become interested in Jackson because people told him that the scorched-Earth campaign he ran past year was similar to the one run by Jackson, whose tumultuous two terms ran between 1829 and 1837. He claimed that Jackson was "really angry" about the conflict between abolitionists and the Confederacy, without mentioning the fact that the 19th-century president was a slave owner himself, and that Trump was now at the site of the very plantation Jackson owned. Over the course of their conversation, Trump and Zito got to talking about Andrew Jackson, US president No. 7. "People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War?"

Most mainstream historians conclude that the Civil War was prompted by both a desire to maintain slavery by southern states in conjunction with the north's efforts to preserve the union. Trump suggested the former president might have averted the conflict and began questioning the reasons that war broke out. Whether you call it "the War of Northern Aggression" or the "War of Secession" or "That Big Ass War in the 1800s", there was one huge reason why the states squared up and got it on-SLAVERY. The question over the expansion of slavery into new western territories simmered for decades and Southern leaders threatened secession if anti-slavery candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860.

The White House did not respond to requests for an explanation of Trump's reasoning. After Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 into law, more than 45,000 Native Americans were relocated to the West during his administration.

Jackson lost the vote, and President-elect Adams made Clay his secretary of state. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was quick to blast that one by saying:, "It's because my ancestors and millions of others were enslaved".

Trump, during an African-American history month event, seemed to imply that the 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive.

In March he visited the Hermitage, Jackson's home in Nashville, Tennessee, which was partly built by slaves, and was pictured saluting at the former president's grave.

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