Every so often, President Donald Trump justifies why so many Americans are worried about his mental state.
This time, it involves statements made about America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson.
“Had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump told SiriusXM. “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.”
So… problem is, the Civil War happened 16 years after Jackson died, and 24 years after Jackson left the White House. While Jackson did prevent South Carolina from nullifying federal law that could have possibly led to succession, the Civil War divided the entire nation and was solely based on slavery, the largest economic source in the country.
The point of the seemingly random history lesson from Trump was to compare himself to Jackson, as a beloved leader who could have solved issues in the country if he had been in office during a different term— more than likely shade for former President Barack Obama.
Speaking of his Obama obsession, in another interview with Face the Nation host and Chief Washington Correspondent, John Dickerson, Trump once again said he was being wiretapped before winning the election.
“I don’t stand by anything,” he said after make the surveillance claim. “I just— you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be number one. And we should find out what the hell is going on.”
In other news, Trump just cut the “Let Girls Learn” program that created educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries. But in Trump’s mind, it’s probably not worth “talking about” if not stroking his ego.