Trump said Andrew Jackson could’ve prevented the Civil War. Twitter’s response is hysterical.

Twitter couldn’t resist pointing out that President Donald Trump’s take on the Civil War sounded like it came out of an episode of Drunk History.

During an interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump fondly remembered how one of his personal presidential heroes, Andrew Jackson (a slave owner), supposedly addressed the Civil War that mysteriously happened a full 16 years after he died.

“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart,” Trump told the Examiner’s Salena Zito. “He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”

“People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?” Trump added.

As more than one Twitter user pointed out, “why did the Civil War happen” is one of the questions the U.S. government asks immigrants applying for citizenship.

Of course, others wondered how President Trump could have made it so far in life seemingly not knowing something that American children are taught in public schools before they even enter puberty. Comedian Frank Coniff noted that Trump’s ignorance of slavery being the chief cause of the Civil War is likely due to the questionable ideologies of top advisors like Steve Bannon. Radio host John Fugelsang opined that Trump’s base will mot likely ignore or defend the president’s lack of fundamental knowledge of U.S. history.

Others simply mocked the president for starting a national conversation about the Civil War, when its causes were seemingly known and understood without question or debate for a century and a half. Another marveled that Trump’s Civil War comments came on the same day that the president kicked a reporter out of the Oval Office for asking a question he didn’t like, and Trump saying he would be “honored” to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.