President Donald Trump is turning heads after arguing one of his favorite former presidents could have negotiated a way to keep America from falling into the Civil War.
No, not Abraham Lincoln. In an interview with a Washington Examiner reporter, Trump said if Andrew Jackson had been born a little later, he could have prevented the deadliest conflict in American history.
Many historians and journalists argue Trump is pushing a version of history that’s unrealistic at best. War might have been inevitable no matter who was president.
And Southern states felt they had no real bargaining power after Lincoln won the White House –– despite receiving zero Southern electoral votes.
This isn’t the first time Trump has talked about Jackson, and he’s even drawn parallels between himself and “Old Hickory” as two Washington outsiders.