President Trump took to Twitter on Monday night to double down on, and sort of correct, his baffling claim that Andrew Jackson was “really angry” about the Civil War despite the fact that the seventh president of the United States died 16 years before the it started.
President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Critics were quick to bash Trump for the initial comments on Monday when he asked, “Why was there the Civil War?” The interview with Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner was strange enough that MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” spent an entire segment on Tuesday questioning the president’s mental state.
“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 and he was really angry that he saw what was happening in regard to the Civil War,” Trump told Zito.
It would have been tough for Jackson to be “very angry” about the Civil War considering he died over a decade before it began. Jackson, a populist who railed against the educated elites of his time, occupied the White House from 1829 to 1837 and died in 1845 — the Civil War began in 1861.
Trump’s tweet essentially doubles down on his original point while noting he’s aware that Jackson died before the war began.
Jackson was born in the Carolinas and began his political career in Tennessee. Historians consider him a Southerner at heart who owned slaves and forced Native Americans from their homes in what became known as the Trail of Tears.
Trump has a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office and recently paid homage to Jackson by celebrating his 250th birthday with a visit to his Tennessee home.