Super Stupid

Donald Trump Presents: Drunk History

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump participated in an interview with Sirius XM's P.O.T.U.S. station radio show where he spoke about one of his favorite historical figures who he apparently knows nothing about.

Trump recalled former President Andrew Jackson's reaction to the American Civil War which may be an indication that Trump is capable of communicating with the dead.

TRUMP: I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War. 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.” People don't realize, you know, the Civil War — if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?

The most obvious problem here is that Andrew Jackson died in 1845, a full 16 years before the Civil War began.

Slightly less obvious is the fact that Andrew Jackson was a slave-owner. Jackson owned 150 slaves, including women and children who lived on a plantation owned by Jackson, and if he had been alive at the time he probably would have sided with the Confederacy.

Trump claims he's "reading a book about" Jackson, but I find that hard to believe. Maybe he's just looking at the pictures. His claim that there was "no reason" for the Civil War makes you wonder if he knows anything about our nation's history.

A less generous interpretation of Trump's words could see this as an endorsement or at least tolerance of slavery, because his idea that the north and south could have somehow struck a deal to avoid a war implies that the south should have been allowed to keep their slaves.

There are foreign diplomats in Washington who undoubtedly know more about America's history than Trump does. There are probably South Korean diplomats in the country who are dumbfounded by the historical ignorance of the man who could ignite a war on the Korean peninsula at any moment.

  • Badgerite

    If the Trump Monster were a traveling comedy show, he would be great. Tremendous. But as a POTUS…….not so much.

    Bob Cesca tweet:
    “People don’t ask that question, but why was there a Civil War.?” –trump
    There are 1,210 books on Amazon re “why was there a Civil War.”

    No comedy writer could come up with this. It takes a professional idiot to do that.
    Someone born with a natural gift for stupid.

  • Aynwrong

    A brief history lesson:

    “Sure we think that they were good folks, but did you know that Washington not only had more than 100,000 slaves, but he also staged gladiatorial games and made them fight to the death? He also ran a network of opium dens and used his gladiators as couriers to deliver opium all over the 52 states. In fact Washington’s opium smuggling got so bad that the British had to step in which caused the Opium War that led to the Revolutionary War and John Locke’s famous statement that he had to be given the liberty to smoke opium, or he’d prefer death. That also points out another problem, in that most of the Founding Fathers were part of Washington’s opium cult and Ben Franklin’s most harmful invention was actually a process to purify the active ingredient in opium and inject it. That’s right, Ben Franklin invented heroin! What’s more, by the time Andrew Jackson was president the US government was so full of drug addicts that they created a soft drink that was just a way to get cocaine into their systems. Don’t believe me? It was called Coca Cola because it was a cola with cocaine in it. Go look it up and you’ll find I’m right, coca cola really did contain cocaine!”

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Gish%20Gallop

    I think that’s the rough equivalent of what just tumbled out of President Meathead’s mouth.

  • Draxiar

    “A less generous interpretation of Trump’s words could see this as an endorsement or at least tolerance of slavery”
    Given that he stiffs contractors in an effort to avoid paying for the work they’ve done for him (thus getting their services at a reduced rate if not free) then yeah…he’d be all for slavery to increase his bottom line.

  • muselet

    Kevin Drum wonders if Donald Trump’s musings are a matter of “Trump’s usual ignorance and free association” or if they’re “yet another shout-out to his base.”

    Drum points out that “the usual lefty lies about the Civil War that infest our schools revolve around racism and slavery in the South,” and wonders if Trump is presenting a counter-narrative.

    My default assumption about anything Trump says is ignorance and free association, but the alternative can’t be casually dismissed.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Well, I hear nothing but good things about this Frederick Douglas and I can’t wait to see what he will do. Jesus. Idiot-in-chief.