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Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War

07 May 2017

Before Trump's interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito aired on SiriusXM satellite radio, a partial transcript highlighting the Jackson quote appeared on Twitter, courtesy of Politico correspondent Edward-Isaac Dovere.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham said Tuesday that President Donald Trump told him previous year that he could have negotiated a deal to avert the Civil War.

Panelist Symone Sanders, however, pointed out that Trump had clearly said that Jackson was angry about the Civil War as it was happening, which means Trump believed he was still alive at the time of the conflict.

Why Trump chose to dabble in pre-Civil War history, I don't know. People don't ask the question, but why was there the Civil War?

"Could that one not have been worked out?"

While it's hard to deal in hypotheticals, The New York Times attempted to fact-check Trump's take on the Civil War with Jon Meacham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Jackson.

Southern U.S. states began seceding from the Union in December 1860, following the election one month earlier of President Abraham Lincoln, whose Republican Party had strong anti-slavery sentiments.

"He said, 'We don't need a Civil War, all my slaves are perfectly happy'".

However, Trump clarified his comments Monday night and said he didn't actually say or think Jackson was alive during the Civil War, but he stood by his broader claim that the seventh president of the USA could have prevented the violence if he would have been alive at the time.

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President Donald Trump always ends his self-reverential rallies with the Rolling Stone song "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Southerners viewed the North's opposition to slavery's expansion as a threat to the economies - and thus the political power and rights - of slave-holding states.

The president of the United States reveals that he does not understand the most basic truths behind the war that birthed America as it exists today.

Trump has a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office and recently paid homage to Jackson by celebrating his 250th birthday with a visit to his Tennessee home.

Chelsea and Barbara Lee say the cause was slavery.

In an interview yesterday, President Trump speculated that Andrew Jackson might have prevented the Civil War. A viral hashtag #TrumpTeachesHistory has been created to mock Trump's comments about the Civil War by suggesting other alternate histories.

Before Lincoln, the first Republican president, the Democrats had nine of the thirteen presidents after John Adams, including stars in the Democratic Party pantheon such as Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk. "He said, there's no reason for this", said Trump. Because they said this was the meanest and nastiest. He is saying that things would have been different if the Hero of New Orleans had been charge instead of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan, who are routinely ranked among our worst presidents because their decisions made the Civil War all but inevitable.

Trump: "You don't have to ask me". The Civil War began in 1861.

A retired history professor at Emory University in Atlanta, James Roark, says war probably couldn't have been avoided in 1861.