If anything is blatantly clear by now, President Donald Trump suffers from a terrible case of foot-in-mouth syndrome.
During a radio interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, broadcast on SiriusXM Monday, Trump asked: “Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” seemingly as if he’d never taken even a very basic American history class.
But his absolutely ludicrous question didn’t sit well with Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and rightfully so. Lee swiftly took to Twitter to respond to Trump’s comments, writing:
‘President Trump doesn’t understand why there was a Civil War.
It’s because my ancestors and millions of others were enslaved.’
President Trump doesn't understand why there was a Civil War.
It's because my ancestors and millions of others were enslaved. https://t.co/dFjpbp1pUy
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) May 1, 2017
As a person of color, much less a woman of color in modern day America, Lee was likely totally repulsed by Trump’s ignorant question and subsequent comments. Although it’s to be expected from him at this point, it still remains difficult to digest the palpable ignorance from the leader of the free world.
His comments speak volumes about his privileged upbringing and general disregard for anyone aside from his rich, white cronies. The fact that the President of the United States not only grossly misunderstands the struggles of a very large portion of Americans, but more importantly it’s that he doesn’t show any willingness to understand, let alone conceal his blatant ignorance.
Later in the interview, Trump went on to say that former President Andrew Jackson would have “worked out” whatever caused the Civil War — apparently forgetting the fact that Jackson passed away close to 16 years prior to the beginning of the Civil War.
‘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. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.”
Trump went on to draw conclusion between himself and former President Jackson, saying:
‘My campaign and win was most like Andrew Jackson, with his campaign. And I said, when was Andrew Jackson? It was 1828. That’s a long time ago. That’s Andrew Jackson. And he had a very, very mean and nasty campaign. Because they said this was the meanest and the nastiest. And unfortunately, it continues.’
Ignorance at its finest. Maybe that should be his 2020 campaign slogan.
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