In the run-up to Donald Trump's 100th day in office, America's tiny-handed tangerine tyrant somehow deduced that ratings would be super yuge because our country is being run like a reality show from hell. Roark says, "Nobody could figure out a way to save both the Union and preserve slavery in the South".
Trump then wondered why the Civil War ever happened. Others have suggested that Trump was, in a roundabout way, referencing Jackson's opposition to his VP and the Nullification Crisis of the 1830s, which involved a confrontation between SC and the federal government over tariffs.
Trump has made many rather questionable statements, and they should be called out when they're wrong. Because right now the answer seems to be not a goddamn fucking thing. Trump said in an interview with The Washington Examiner that also aired on Sirius XM radio.
But it's Trump's views about the Civil War that have grabbed the most attention, given the president apparently thinks that Jackson - a slaveholder whose views about people of color are well known - could have prevented the Civil War. "People", he's convinced, "don't ask" why there was a Civil War - which is true, just so long as you overlook all of the many people who've asked, studied, debated, and written about this question for generations.
Like me, United States president Donald Trump only recently discovered the "amazing job" done by abolitionist Frederick Douglass (he's being recognized more and more), and that Abraham Lincoln was actually the founder of the GOP, which means Grand Old Party. And 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 continued, "People don't realize, the Civil War - you think about it, why?"
TRUMP: People don't ask that question.
In fact, the causes of the Civil War are frequently discussed, from middle school classrooms to university lecture halls and in countless books.
"Could that one not have been worked out?"
Why was there a Civil War? They love Andrew Jackson in Tennessee. "Are you kidding me?"
AP talked to some of the most distinguished experts on what was really behind the war that tore the nation asunder. "But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?" He's that goddamn stupid. Hardly. As Daina Ramey Berry told me in an interview on my podcast "Cape Up", they were fighting to keep a system where "the average enslaved person was sold about four or five times in a lifetime", where "a woman's value [in slavery] was wrapped in her fertility" and where "even in death and beyond [slaves] are still being commodified". "Fucking Civil War? How does it work?"