Historians React to President Trump’s Controversial Comments About the Civil War

Donald Trump made a historic blunder (of the literal variety) with his recent comments about the Civil War.
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Donald Trump’s comments about President Andrew Jackson and the Civil War elicited a strong pushback from historians on Monday.
In an interview from Sunday—that aired on SiriusXM a day later—Trump had suggested Jackson could have prevented the country’s worst-ever crisis and that no one has studied what caused the war.
“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump said in the interview. “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, 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?”

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