In an apparent response to criticism over his comments about the Civil War and President Andrew Jackson, President Donald Trump on Monday night tweeted out that although Jackson died 16 years before the war, he saw it coming and would have prevented it.
Trump came under criticism earlier Monday following comments he made to The Washington Examiner's Salena Zito.
"I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart," Trump told Zito. "He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this. The Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask the question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
Democrats, media outlets and more slammed Trump since Jackson died in 1845 and the Civil War did not begin until 1861. They also hit him over his statement over the cause of the Civil War, which was fought after Southern states seceded over President Abraham Lincoln's demand to free the slaves.
Zito defended Trump, saying the quotes were taken out of context and that they made sense in relation to the conversation the two were having before the tape began rolling.
As for Trump's statement that the issue made Jackson angry, The Hill's Joe Concha wrote that "as historians will tell you, there had been perpetual tension between the North and South over slavery since the nation was founded in 1776. The Civil War just didn't happen overnight."
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