Note to President Trump: Andrew Jackson wasn’t alive for the Civil War

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In audio posted on Monday, President Trump said Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was “really angry” about what was happening with the Civil War.

There’s one major problem with that statement: Jackson died in 1845, nearly 16 years before the Civil War began.

Let’s dissect the full quote, sentence by sentence.

“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War.”

This is in the vein of imagining various alternate histories of the United States.

“He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart.”

Jackson was known for his temper and his loyalty to his friends, so this is OK.

“He was really angry that– he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War.”

Jackson did not, because Jackson was dead.

 

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