Now, while this seems like the ideal opportunity to mention the racism involved in Donald Trump's campaign and current administration - which are all serious issues - here's the thing: In this context, Trump somehow isn't even smart enough to be racist about the Civil War. People don't realise, you know, the Civil War, you think about it, why?
President Donald Trump, shown speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conferenceon Feb. 24, discussed the Civil War in a radio interview that airs on Monday afternoon. "He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart".
Trump posed the question during an interview with the Washington Examiner while discussing the legacy of President Andrew Jackson. People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, you think about it, why? And he was really angry that-he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War.
TRUMP: They said my campaign is most like, my campaign and win was most like Andrew Jackson with his campaign. The northern and southern states did not get along for a number of social and economic reasons, which all boiled down to one core issue-what the southern states called a "peculiar institution", but was otherwise known as slavery.
But Jackson died in 1845, and the Civil War didn't begin until 16 years later, in 1861.
During the crisis, Jackson "took a firm stand on the side of the union", Meacham said, adding, "There are two stray Trumpian ideas that collided into each other when he talked". "He said, 'There's no reason for this, '" Trump continued. His comments on the Civil War drew swift criticism from some civil rights groups and Democrats, including Rep. Barbara Lee of California who tweeted "President Trump doesn't understand the Civil War".
"My campaign and win was most like Andrew Jackson, with his campaign", Trump said.
In the immediate run-up, Blight says the only way war could have been avoided was for both sides to effectively cave on the values they had tirelessly fought each other on for decades. Trump paid tribute to Jackson, known as "Old Hickory", by visiting Jackson's grave in Tennessee in March. Julian E Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, told the New York Times that Trump's comments were the "height of inaccurate historical revisionism".
Trump, during an African-American history month event, seemed to imply that the 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive.
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