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 the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” President Donald Trump
Stop the presses!
Could Andrew Jackson have saved the Civil War as President Donald Trump suggests?
Given the fact that Ol’ Hickory died a good 16 years before the outbreak of the war seems irrelevant to our revisionist historian in chief. In fact in Trump’s bizarro world of history time travel he seems to imply that his 1987 best selling book “The Art of the Deal” could have prevented that carnage.
Who’d a thunk it? That messy civil war with its pesky problem of slavery could have been worked out if only there had been a real negotiator there instead of that loser Lincoln whose nose was always buried in a book.
Oh, if only honest Abe could have availed himself of that classic Trump tome, the war resulting in the deaths of 620,000 men could have been avoided all together.
It is doubtful little Donnie ever cracked open an American history book in grade school. Because like every other American school child he would have learned not only why there was a civil war, but also that Abraham Lincoln loved books. He loved to read. He would walk miles to borrow a book.
After this recent rant from our current president, one wonders what books are Donald Trump reading, or likely not reading. Perhaps he should take a page from Lincoln and crack one open.
© Sally Edelstein and Envisioning The American Dream, 2017.