President Trump Is Right: Andrew Jackson Might Have Prevented the Civil War
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump sat down with The Washington Examiner's Salena Zito for an interview. One exchange focused on Andrew Jackson, and President Trump seemed to say that Jackson witnessed the Civil War.
"I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn't have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart," Trump said, according to The Hill, which reported that the full interview will air Monday. "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 added, "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 president also compared his electoral victory last November to Jackson's victory in 1828. "My campaign and win was most like Andrew Jackson, with his campaign. And I said, when was Andrew Jackson? It was 1828. That's a long time ago," Trump said.
"That's Andrew Jackson. And he had a very, very mean and nasty campaign. Because they said this was the meanest and nastiest. And unfortunately, it continues," the president said.
People on Twitter mocked Trump for saying Jackson witnessed the Civil War.
NBC News' Bradd Jaffy declared, "Andrew Jackson was a slaveholding plantation owner. He also died 16 years before the Civil War began. This Trump answer is astonishing."
Josh Jordan declared, "To summarize: Andrew Jackson died before the Civil War began It is beyond well documented why the Civil War happened Trump is clueless."
RedState's Ben Howe had one of the best mocking lines: "If Andrew Jackson had been a little later, and been from planet Krypton, he could've stopped the civil war with laser beam eyes."
Trump has made many rather questionable statements, and they should be called out when they're wrong. But on this historical argument, the president is arguably in the right.
During Jackson's presidency, southern planters — especially in South Carolina — threatened to "nullify" a federal law, the Tariff of 1828, also known as the "Tariff of Abominations."