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President Trump Doesn't Seem To Know Why The Civil War Happened

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there a Civil War?"

Last updated on May 1, 2017, at 9:01 p.m. ET

Posted on May 1, 2017, at 9:09 a.m. ET

Let's just get right into this: President Trump in an interview doesn't seem to know why the Civil War happened and also seems to think that "people" don't ask questions about it. Here's the audio clip:

"Had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War" @realDonaldTrump told @SalenaZito… https://t.co/c0vuZGEEc9

Here's the transcript:

Here's Trump's full answer on "swashbuckler" Andrew Jackson and the Civil War: "Why could that one not have been wo… https://t.co/MrtgxTywrB

Here's the answer, President Trump: Slavery. The Civil War happened because of slavery in the United States. And Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, owned slaves and a plantation. And he died in 1845 — the Civil War began in 1861.

Trump later clarified that Jackson saw the war coming before he died. But, still no mention of that thing that caused the war and Jackson was complicit in: slavery.

President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!

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