The President is having one heck of a Monday.
In an interview with Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner broadcast this morning on SiriusXM, President Trump pondered a loud the question that every 8th grader already knows the answer to has apparently eluded historians and philosophers for 150 years: “Why was there a Civil War?”
“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 the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) gave him an answer on Twitter shortly after the interview aired – just probably not the answer he was looking for.
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
Rep. Lee is correct, of course. But just as courtesy to any Trump supporters who may be reading this, who think historical facts like this are just politically correct talking points manufactured by the Liberal elite media, here’s what pulitzer prize winning historian Jon Meacham told the New York Times just this morning:
“The expansion of slavery caused the Civil War, and you can’t get around that. So what does Trump mean? Would he have let slavery exist but not expand? That’s the counterfactual question you have to ask.”
When it comes to facts, it appears Trump’s second 100 days won’t be any different than his first.