President Trump made stunning remarks which demonstrated his profound ignorance of virtually every subject, this time basic U.S. history, as he once again compared his presidency to Andrew Jackson’s and made bizarre claims regarding the Civil War.
Trump’s comments came during an interview with Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito which was aired on SiriusXM’s ‘Main Street Meets the Beltway’ on Monday. You can listen to the relevant portion of the interview here.
“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?”
During coverage of the interview on CNN, host Poppy Harlow said that she found the President’s comments to be “bizarre.”
“As a point of history,” co-host John Berman said. “When Andrew Jackson was president — and he died 16 years before the Civil War — he dealt with what is called the Nullification Crisis with South Carolina. South Carolina threatened to supersede federal law, there was the idea of secession then and he tamped it down. But it wasn’t about slavery and Andrew Jackson was, of course, a slaveholder.”
Not even Trump supporter Doug Heye would defend the President on this one saying “this doesn’t make sense … I don’t understand why the President continues to go down either this rabbit hole or other rabbit holes that he goes down. Focus on jobs. Americans are going to resonate with that issue so well. Going down these rabbit holes just doesn’t make sense.”
Democratic political strategist Maria Cardona then delivered a blistering rebuke starting off by giving a bit of advice: “Mr. Trump, crack a book.”
“He is the president of the United States,” Cardona continued. “And when he says ridiculous statements like this, it betrays his complete and total ignorance when it comes to history. But worse than that, John and Poppy, I think it really signifies how uninterested and the disdain that he has for people who really are, not just historians, but experts in public policy and in politics and everything that you need to know to actually learn to govern and to be able to run a country.”
“I think it’s too late,” she added. “Which is why the majority of Americans did not support him. We knew that he had this disdain for knowledge and lack of curiosity that makes him completely inept for this job.”
Watch the segment here: