Trump defends Andrew Jackson remarks on Twitter

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After getting torn to shreds by the media for suggesting Andrew Jackson was angry about the Civil War, Donald Trump tweeted an official response.

If you were watching late night TV last night, chances are you’re aware of President Trump’s Civil War comments. Infamously, he suggested Andrew Jackson was “angry” about the Civil War, and that he wouldn’t have let it happen. Trump has been getting blasted for this because Jackson actually died 16 years prior to the war.

Last night saw some hilarious roastings of the POTUS over these comments. Seth Meyers blasted Trump for it pretty hard, along with several other recent gaffes. Stephen Colbert brought out the ghost of Abe Lincoln to help clarify some things about the Civil War. Needless to say, by the end of the day, Trump was looking like a complete joke.

Trump saw the writing on the wall with the backlash, so he felt a defense was in order. The president jumped on Twitter, as he is wont to do, to tweet a clarification. Basically, he is saying he knows about Jackson dying 16 years prior, but still stands by his comments.

The POTUS is suggesting that Jackson knew the Civil War was going to happen and was angry about it. I’m not sure what textbook he got that information from, as there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to support this. And despite Jackson’s successes as president, he was a prominent slavery supporter and slave owner. If he were angry about the Civil War, it might not be for the right reasons.

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With all of the allegations of Trump being a racist, it does him no favors to be ignorant about slavery. But Trump believes whatever Trump wants to believe, even if that includes rewriting history.