As a reminder, from Monday…
Donald Trump didn’t accomplish much in his first 100 days in office, but one thing he did manage to do is draw attention to the “amazing job” Frederick Douglass is doing.
Douglass, Trump “noticed” in February, “is getting recognized more and more.”
While Trump was correct in saying Douglass has done an “amazing job,” he was incorrect in saying that Douglass is “getting recognized more and more.”
In reality, Douglass is getting recognized “less and less” which, while unfortunate, is understandable because he’s been dead for 122 years.
Well as you’re probably aware, Trump is a fan of Andrew Jackson.
And on Monday, during an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, the President quoted Jackson’s often overlooked assessment of the Civil War. Here’s the exchange:
TRUMP: [Jackson] was a swashbuckler. But when his wife died, did you know he visited her grave everyday? I visited her grave actually because I was in Tennessee.
ZITO: That’s right. You were in Tennessee.
TRUMP: And it was amazing. The people of Tennessee are amazing people. They love Andrew Jackson. They love Andrew Jackson in Tennessee.
ZITO: He’s fascinating.
TRUMP: I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. 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? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?
Yes, quoth Jackson, quoth Trump: “There’s really no reason for this [Civil War].”
Any guesses on why, as I noted above, that quote is often overlooked?
It’s because Andrew Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War began.