Trump quotes about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War

Donald Trump in Harrisburg Pennsylvania on April 29. Bastiaan Slabbers  Nur

In an interview that aired Monday on Sirius XM, Trump asked, "Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Donald Trump tried to clarify his comments with a tweet later in the evening, but some may say the damage has already been done.

The confusion created by Trump's comments have become part of a larger, heated debate on social media.

In the 152 years since the end of the bloody conflict that pitted the North against the South, the most important issue in the Civil War remains unresolved. Some historians do credit him with preserving the union when SC threatened to secede in the 1830s over an individual state's ability to void federal tariffs.

Trump appeared on a radio show and discussed the role of Andrew Jackson in the Civil War.

In 1861, Southerners were ready to secede from the Union because they felt the federal government was interfering too much in the sovereignty of the individual states.

The newspaper notes that Jackson was a slave owner who died in 1845. Jackson wanted to avoid making slavery a bigger issue in the 1836 campaign, so Jackson didn't recognize Texas until the last full day of his presidency, March 3, 1837.

A professor of history at Columbia University, Eric Foner, notes that slavery was a root cause of the war and that the South feared for the future of slavery. But, as Post columnist Jonathan Capehart pointed out, it's also simply wrong. "They are euphemisms to make a war about maintaining the evil of slavery and the economy it built seem like a noble effort by a noble people".

AP talked to some of the most distinguished experts on what was really behind the war that tore the nation asunder. "Leaders like Jackson, then, only postponed the inevitable reckoning".

Name SearchWatch Service' Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that Jackson was upset about a war that started 16 years after his death. The answer, as Lincoln put it, is because the U.S. "began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a 'sacred right of government.' These principles", Lincoln wrote, "cannot stand together". I wouldn't doubt that Trump has never spent a moment thinking about it, but generations of historians have devoted countless hours to studying that question. But as the president, he shouldn't be naive about the racial tension at the heart of that question.

"Trump's "learning" of American history must have stopped even before the 5th grade".

"There is nothing right now facing this country and facing the region that is a bigger threat than what's happening in North Korea", White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told ABC's "This Week" during a weekend in which Trump sought to firm up support in Southeast Asia to help rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Trump asked (rhetorically). "1828". Except, of course, Trump isn't really a populist.

But for Trump, barely more than 100 days into his term, there's a lot more reckoning to come.

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