Why couldn't they, you know, just talk things out?
-Written by Paul Gogliormella
At this point, is anyone really surprised Trump doesn't understand why the Civil War was fought? I would honestly be more surprised if had a rational understanding of the history and complexities leading up to the Civil War.
In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Trump has a few pretty astonishing quotes. At one point he wonders how come the Civil War “could not have been worked out.”
Then of course, he brings it back to his hero Andrew Jackson, and says that Jackson “was really angry that he saw what was happening in regard to the Civil War.” What Trump certainly DOESN'T know is that Jackson died in 1845 and the Civil War didn't begin until 1861.
What he ALSO apparently doesn't know is that Jackson was a plantation owner that had hundreds of slaves! It's pretty clear what side he would have been on had he been alive.
Trump then poses a question. He says, “People don’t ask the question, but why was there the Civil War?”
AS IF THE CIVIL WAR ISN'T ONE OF THE MOST STUDIED EVENTS IN HISTORY. I think PLENTY of people have wondered the question, "why was there a Civil War" and the answer is pretty universally known.
It seems like Trump isn't posing a question for you to think about, but rather he is actually looking for an answer. Like he really doesn't know why there was a Civil War.
Here's more of the interview for more context, as well as some thoughts of the Twitter World.