Veteran journalist Dan Rather has weighed in on President Trump’s recent assessments of the Civil War and Andrew Jackson.
Trump made the comments in question on Monday while speaking with the Washington Examiner.
The president said, in part, “…had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War…he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”
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Trump continued, “…why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
Criticisms have been pouring in, with many pertaining to the president’s seemingly loose grip on the U.S. history, notes the New York Times.
Among them is Rather’s Monday night Facebook post.
He writes, in part, “Nevermind that Mr. Trump’s knowledge of American history seems below that of most gradeschoolers. Nevermind that in many people’s view, Jackson is not exactly the kind of president, or man, you would want to hold up as an example. And nevermind that there is an implicit criticism of arguably our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.”
Rather continues, “Should we not conclude that he approaches policy decisions with the same half-baked conspiracies with which he apparently approaches history?”
As remedy, Rather suggests, “Maybe Frederick Douglass can give Mr. Trump some advice. Apparently, he’s ‘an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more.'”