“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 and 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 a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”–Donald J. Trump(April, 2017)
How do I even begin to unpackage this shit?!
Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse Trump astounds again. I really found myself at a loss for words on this one since it was so deeply personal. He gives high praise for Andrew Jackson(a brutal slave owner), the architect of the massacre of Trail of Tears. Mr. Trump tends to believe that Jackson was a man with a tremendously big heart; And the Natives should have been grateful for the general’s generosity. It’s laughable if it weren’t for the fact that this a disturbing pattern with Trump.
To expand on his opinion of Jackson(because it sure wasnt fact), Trump leans in the Civil War. Having already insulted Native Americans and having absolutely no sensitivity to what actually happened to them under Jackson’s presidency he wades in the turbulent waters of the Civil War. He questions, “why was there a Civil War?”. Then further poses that Jackson would have dealt with the problem in a tough but fair way. He would have negotiated a deal only rivaled by any cliche’ line in Trump’s “Art Of The Deal”.
He never mentions slavery but we all know that is why the Civil War happened. The modern Confederates deny it, emphatically siting States’ Rights. Because who in the year 2017 still honors the Confederacy and has the courage or depravity to acknowledge they are pro-slavery? How they thread that needle is as ridiculous of Trump’s claims that he is a Christian.
Many, too many, have attributed these so-called gaffes into his inexperience in politics. They’ve given Trump lots of room(perhaps too much) for “growth”. Yet it seems he only regresses day after day. But this particular interview shows not just a mere lack of historical knowledge, but it is an explicit affirmation that African Americans that their lives and concerns have been dispossessed by this administration! What is clear is that he thinks our ancestors freedom was up for negotiations and perhaps The Emancipation Proclamation may have been a bad deal. NO, Mr. Trump, IT IS NOT!
Now for some of you who are still defending this monstrosity and would say, but he’s just not that knowledgeable, therefore, his hurtful words and actions aren’t deliberate. I vehemently disagree. It is most certainly deliberate. You only need look at the out takes on his rally in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday. Hateful, vile rhetoric punctuated with his reciting the song “The Snake”. Commanding his supporters to “get them out”, pointing to protesters in attendance. But before supporters got them out, they ruffed them up! Leaving those who question if he would use violence on American Citizens without a shadow of a doubt.
But let me tell you why this bothers me most. During the campaign while Trump was maligning Mexicans and anchor babies he said a curious thing no one seem to pay much attention. He said his lawyers are looking into repealing the 14th Amendment which gave freed slaves citizenship. He said he would look to see how it could be repealed because Mexican immigrants where abusing it. However, if he tinkers with that then descendants of slaves, African-Americans, could lose our citizenship as well. And what is to stop him from repealing the 13th Amendment which freed slaves.
Donald J. Trump is the only president I’ve heard of who has ever questioned The Constitution; constantly and consistently. Because it constrains his power it’s a horrible instrument. He has questioned it and it’s amendments, save for the 2nd. Criticized(personally) judges for adhering to it, fired his AG because she wouldn’t argue against it. Funny how our constitution worked perfectly fine until Mr. KnowItAll came to town. The man has no regard for Separation of Power, Equal Branches, or Checks and Balances. But, honestly, he’s just sour because he can’t be King of The United States.
He’s mastered gaslighting, obfuscations, conflating and has been the master at gaslighting! People underestimate the toxicity of this president. They also downplay his blatant racism. They excuse it by saying he just doesn’t understand history, he’s just politically incorrect or inartful. I beg to differ! He invites Duerte, President of the Phillipines, to the Whitehouse’s Oval Office. The same man who called President Barack Obama’s mother a whore. A man who murders his own citizens and hires other citizens to do the same. He and Trump have a lot in common: they both hate President Obama. Let’s not forget that Trump went 5 years questioning President Obama’s citizenship. I’m sure the two will have much to laugh about when it comes to comparing notes on the most disgusting things uttered re: PBO.
I’ve had enough with this illegitimate president. The sooner he’s impeached or arrested for high crimes and misdemeanors the better.
P. S. Can we please take Jackson’s likeness off the $20 bill, already!