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Chelsea Clinton Blasts Trump For Civil War Comments

| by Lauren Briggs

Chelsea Clinton fired back at President Donald Trump over the highly-publicized comments he made about Andrew Jackson and the American Civil War.

"1 word answer: Slavery," Chelsea tweeted on May 1, regarding Trump's question as to why the bloody national conflict occurred. "Longer: When Andrew Jackson died in 1845 (16 [years] before the Civil War began), he owned 150 men, women and children."

Chelsea's tweet -- which more than 45,400 people liked and 25,000 people retweeted as of the afternoon of May 2 -- came after an interview with SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel's Salena Zito made many people question whether or not the president was confused regarding his facts on American history, according to The New York Times.

"I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the Civil War," Trump said at the time, according to The New York Times. "He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this.'"

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Chelsea's tweet was correct: Jackson died in 1845, while the Civil War began in 1861. Jackson historian Jon Meacham told The Times that Trump might have been referring to the 1832 nullification crisis between South Carolina and the federal government, during which Jackson sided with the union. Meacham suggested that "two stray Trumpian ideas … collided into each other" when he spoke about the period in American history and simply did not explain himself clearly.

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?" Trump also said on the radio program. "People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Trump, who has praised Jackson before and even visited his tomb earlier in 2017, sought to clear up his comments later that evening.

"President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry," he tweeted. "Would never have let it happen!"

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Though many people were displeased with the president's words, some backed him up, while others hit back at Chelsea.

"BREAKING: Chelsea Clinton discovered Google," one person replied to her tweet, to which she responded: "I've been to Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home in Tennessee. Worth visiting. Doesn't shy away from Jackson's slave-owning history."

Sources: Chelsea Clinton/Twitter (2), Donald Trump/Twitter, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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