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Trump Speculates On Ways Civil War Could Have Been Avoided Through Jackson

President Donald Trump has compared himself to Andrew Jackson before, and in a new interview that aired on Monday, he's talking about Jackson again. According to Mr. Trump, Jackson could have prevented the Civil War if he had only been president just a little later.

In the interview with Salena Zito from the Washington Examiner, Trump once again spoke favorably of the seventh president. He noted that he believes Jackson could have prevented the devastating war. "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,'" Trump added.

The current POTUS seems to identify with Jackson because he's mentioned being compared to Jackson before. "It was during the revolution that Jackson first confronted and defied an arrogant elite. Does that sound familiar?" Trump joked at a press conference in March. Captured by the red coats and ordered to shine the shoes of a British officer, Jackson simply refused... from that day on Andrew Jackson rejected authority that looked down on the common people."

In the interview with Zito, which will air on Sirius XM, Trump speculated on how Jackson would have handled the civil war. "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 the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"

Time Magazine notes a speech about the civil war given by Abraham Lincoln. In his inaugural address, he said: "Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came."

The country is practically gripped in a civil war again, but this time instead of guns and uniforms people are carrying protest signs and posting memes on social media. It'll be interesting to see how President Trump handles it.

Source: The Hill
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