President Donald Trump said in an interview published on May 1 that former President Andrew Jackson was "really angry" about the Civil War despite the fact that Jackson passed away 16 years before the start of the war.
Trump told the Washington Examiner that the Civil War could have been worked out:
I mean, 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. He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War, he said "There's no reason for this."
People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?
The newspaper notes that Jackson was a slave owner who died in 1845.
According to RawStory.com, many Twitter users had a field day on Trump's comments:
People don't know this, but Andrew Jackson was a Korean War vet. He fought alongside Frederick Douglass.
I'd love to meet the History prof at Trump University!!! Andrew Jackson.
Andrew Jackson is the President who would have cured polio, probably, if he had been an immortal wizard instead of a violently racist man.
Trump said Andrew Jackson "had a big heart" which is probably true because of infectious disease and heavy drinking in his youth.
Whatever you think of Andrew Jackson, he is still the president who got our country through the Bowling Green Massacre.
[A]nyone with a brain: andrew jackson owned slaves dude orange 45: he had a big heart.
This sounds like a 3rd grade paper on Andrew Jackson.
He saw the movie "The Buccaneer" about the War of 1812 with Charlton Heston as Jackson and thought it was a documentary about the Civil War.
Next weekend: Historians March on Washington. Led by Ken Burns and Michael Beschloss.
He, Frederick Douglass, & Pavarotti are having a super-best friend’s club beer summit at the White House today.
Trump on the Civil War reminds me of Jeff Spicoli explaining the American Revolution to Mr. Hand.
In more history news, Timothy Snyder, a professor at Yale University, recently told The Chauncey DeVega Show podcast how Trump's administration resembles the 1930s in Germany, reports RawStory.com:
As I see it, there are certainly elements of his approach which are fascistic. The straight-on confrontation with the truth is at the center of the fascist worldview. The attempt to undo the Enlightenment as a way to undo institutions, that is fascism...
I think another part of it has to do with attention span. It’s not so much a lack of outrage -- people are in fact outraged. But in order for a scandal to have political logic, the outrage has to be followed by the research, it has to be followed by the investigation, it has to be followed by an official finding.