'Civil War' is trending.
Good news: it's only about the first one. Chillax.
Bad news: it's why we're gonna have the second one.
— ~unintelligible~ (@ZeddRebel) May 1, 2017
Here's Trump's full answer on "swashbuckler" Andrew Jackson and the Civil War: "Why could that one not have been worked out?" pic.twitter.com/Zb8OQaDqyq
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) May 1, 2017
Salena Zito has been defending ‘President Trump’ since forever, so it’s not a big surprise he’d feel comfortable exposing his vast ignorance to her. The question remains: Shouldn’t someone on Trump’s staff, if not the reporter, thought twice about putting his comments out for all the world to see?
President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
"my favorite president? the trail of tears guy, no doubt, no doubt. tell you, he surely could have united us better than obamaham lincoln"
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) May 2, 2017
Trump's idolatry of racist Andrew Jackson is no gaffe. Jackson is lionized by white supremacists. He's dog-whistling to his base. Sickening. https://t.co/1x9ExaYH4P
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 1, 2017
Clearly someone (likely Bannon or Giuliani) told Trump he is the modern day Andrew Jackson. But they only gave him a selective history.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 2, 2017
Yoni Appelbaum, in the Atlantic:
… The entirely uncontroversial consensus among professional historians is that slavery caused the war, although this conclusion has not reached much of the general public. Leaders like Jackson, then, only postponed the inevitable reckoning. It’s still tempting, though, to believe that the Civil War might have been avoided, the loss of three-quarters-of-a-million lives averted, the bloodiest conflict in our history forestalled. And for a century, many of America’s political leaders did everything in their power to turn a blind eye to the carnage of slavery, staving off sectional crises.