Monday, May 1, 2017
Mothers! Don't let your children grow up to be stupid like Trump!
More proof that this sad excuse for a POTUS doesn't know much, maybe nothing, about the history of the great country he leads.
What an example he is to American students of all ages. He's shown them that as POTUS, you can b.s. your way through the presidency and think no one will notice. He's devalued education by pretending he knows American history, when in fact all he knows is b.s.
What an embarrassment!
From USA Today:
In audio posted on Monday, President Trump said Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was "really angry" about what was happening with the Civil War."
There's one major problem with that statement: Jackson died in 1845, nearly 16 years before the Civil War began.
Let's dissect the full quote, sentence by sentence:
"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War." (This is in the vein of imagining various alternate histories of the United States.)
"He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart." (Jackson was known for his temper and his loyalty to his friends, so this is OK.)
"He was really angry that-- he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War."
( Jackson did not, because Jackson was dead.)
Trump admires Andrew Jackson, whom historians have called "an atrocious saint." He admires a man he knows next to nothing about and is too lazy to read about. He shot off his mouth and revealed to America and the world how astoundingly ignorant he is.
Welcome to Trumplandia where b.s.ing is the Holy Grail of Trumpism.
Here's Josh Marshall from TPM:
"I see this morning President Trump isn’t sure why the Civil War happened. In line with your standard Trumpian militant ignorance, he assumes that since he isn’t sure what happened that “people” aren’t sure either.
In fact, they haven’t even asked the question. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”
As I’ve noted, President Trump is not only wildly ignorant. But, utterly unaware of the scope of his ignorance, he assumes everyone else is as ignorant as he is and frequently preens with new learnings that either everyone knew or in other cases are just completely wrong."
David Blight, Yale University historian:
Well, I just read these postings? So he really said this about Jackson and the Civil War?
All I can say to you is that from day one I have believed that Donald Trump's greatest threat to our society and to our democracy is not necessarily his authoritarianism, but his essential ignorance—of history, of policy, of political process, of the Constitution. Saying that if Jackson had been around we might not have had the Civil War is like saying that one strong, aggressive leader can shape, prevent, move history however he wishes. This is simply 5th grade understanding of history or worse. And this comes from the President of the United States!
Under normal circumstances if a real estate tycoon weighed in on the nature of American history from such ignorance and twisted understanding we would simply ignore or laugh at him. But since this man lives in the historic White House and wields the constitutional powers of the presidency and the commander in chief we have to pay attention. Trump's "learning" of American history must have stopped even before the 5th grade. I wish I could say this is funny and not deeply disturbing. My profession should petition the President to take a one or two month leave of absence, VP Pence steps in for that interim, and Trump goes on a retreat in one of his resorts for forced re-education. It could be a new tradition called the presidential education leave. Or perhaps in New Deal tradition, an "ignorance relief" period. This alone might gain the United States again some confidence and respect around the world.
Trump needs to memorize this wise aphorism:
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."