Donald Trump tried, again.
After an interview with the Washington Examiner left the impression that he doesn't understand why the Civil War occurred, the president took to Twitter seemingly to prove he does.
Here's what he had to say on Monday night:
The attempt was unconvincing, to say the least. In fact, it only left people with more reason to scratch their heads, for a couple reasons.
First, Trump failed to mention the most likely reason Andrew Jackson would have avoided Civil War, if any: keeping slavery.
As historian and NPR host Steve Inkeep said,
Jackson never questioned the underlying, fundamental difference between North and South, which was on slavery. He didn't actually disagree with his fellow Southern leaders about that issue.
That isn't exactly something to brag about in 2017.
Second, most Republicans, when talking about the Civil War, go out of their way to praise GOP-er Abraham Lincoln. It's a slam dunk for them. Instead, the president went out of his way to praise a Democrat with a terrible reputation, twice.
Last, the president once again spoke in vague and general terms without giving much specifics. That only further gave the impression he's not actually well-informed on what he's talking about.
The conversation about Trump's questionable opinions on the Civil War all began after the aforementioned interview with the Washington Examiner was publicized on Monday.
During that interview, the president expressed his admiration for Andrew Jackson, before asserting "you wouldn't have had the Civil War" with Jackson in power.
Trump told Zito,
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.'
Trump's view on this matter is flawed, of course, for reasons outlined above. But by the time Trump spoke a second time about Jackson, via the tweet, people were done pointing out those flaws and instead opted for jokes.
Even Andrew Jackson would have avoided saying something this ridiculous.