Donald Trump has had problems getting his historical facts straight since becoming president.
Trump, who often likes to talk about his Andrew Jackson – his favorite presidential figure – said that the seventh U.S. president was upset about the events of the Civil War.
Yet Jackson died more than a decade before the war began.
Jackson “was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said ‘There’s no reason for this,'” Trump explained in an interview with Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner. The interview is set to be released in full later today through Sirius XM.
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
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Trump also expressed dismay over why the Civil War couldn’t have been avoided, suggesting that Jackson could have prevented it had he been in office at the time.
“Had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump said. He added, “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
The Civil War was the result of southern slave states, worried about losing their legal authority to enslave large populations of black people, disbanding from the Union under the guise of defending states’ rights. Several attempts at compromise were offered in the decades preceding the Civil War. The source of Andrew Jackson’s own income was derived through slave labor.