Trump quotes about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War
- Author: Leroy Wright May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 16:57
In an interview with The Washington Examiner's Salena Zito, which is now out on SiriusXM, Trump said he was aware of comparisons that had been made between his presidential campaign and that of Jackson, whose supporters also believed the voting system was rigged (until their candidate won, when suddenly it wasn't).
In the 152 years since the end of the bloody conflict that pitted the North against the South, the most important issue in the Civil War remains unresolved.
CNN's Anderson Copper asked Lord how Jackson, "who owned hundreds of slaves", could have "worked out" the Civil War.
As the seventh president, Jackson was a firm opponent of Southern secession - but also defended states' rights to perpetuate slavery. "It's a very intensive process", Trump told his interviewer of the presidency. The Civil War started in 1861.
I guess the obvious question is, do you think people don't ask that question? Trump's inattention to that detail, and his fascination with Jackson, is raising a raft of questions about the president's views on race, history and America's long-running struggle to right itself after the catastrophe that the war wrought.
When he saw a slave auction block while touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Trump reportedly said, "Boy, that is just not good". Many scholars noted that the investigation of the civil war's roots was one of the richest veins in all of USA historiography.
Trump's rhetoric echoes that of people who cling to an earlier revisionist reading of the Civil War, which sought to minimize the significance of slavery as a cause of the war and, instead, framed the conflict as a tragic blunder that could have been avoided.
"Even Andrew Jackson, were he alive, could not have solved the problem", Foner said.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Trump has any idea who Andrew Jackson actually is?
I would argue that the Civil War itself teaches us nothing about ourselves that we don't already know.
"Could that one not have been worked out?"
I do understand that he's an admirer of Andrew Jackson, whom he regards as a populist like himself. Northern votes had just elected Abraham Lincoln, a president from an allegedly radical new party that insisted that slavery was wrong and must be contained to the South.
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