Celebrity Reactions: Donald Trump Civil War, Andrew Jackson Comments

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Donald Trump Civil War Celebrity Reactions

By Andrew Shuster

Donald Trump Civil War Celebrity Reactions

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During an interview on Monday, President Donald Trump questioned why America’s Civil War couldn’t have been “worked out” and suggested former President Andrew Jackson could have prevented it had he served later. Trump’s comments, however, contain some inaccuracies and celebrities are now calling out the president on Twitter. See Hollywood stars’ reactions and tweets below.

“People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why?” Trump said in a new interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” He added, “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.'”

Jackson, however, died in 1845, more than a decade before the Civil War began in 1861. Additionally, the issue of slavery was the main catalyst that sparked the war, and Jackson himself was a known slaveowner. Chelsea Clinton was among the celebrities to make this point, tweeting, “1 word answer: Slavery. Longer: When Andrew Jackson died in 1845 (16 yrs before the Civil War began), he owned 150 men, women and children.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler joked, “Hearing donald trump talk about the civil war, & Andrew jackson having a “big heart,” is like hearing honey boo boo talk about the Big Bang.” Jeffrey Wright said, “As I understand it @POTUS, the Civil War began when Lincoln bogeyed the 18th & gave himself a par. Davis wasn’t having it. What’d you hear?” And Anna Paquin simply asked, “Wait, what? Is this real?”

Josh Gad quipped, “I know it’s been said before but if people had just listened to Andrew Jackson, the 2008 banking crisis could have been averted.” Rob Reiner expressed, “DT not knowing Andrew Jackson died before Civil War is not surprising. He is a complete and utter moron. Impeach. Treason. #trumprussia.” And Christopher Titus declared, “Andrew Jackson/Fredrick Douglas 2020! I’m so in.”

Additionally, Zach Braff posted a mock meme of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying, “Andrew Jackson was alive during the Civil War. Period.” And George Takei wrote, “Parents have to constantly tell their kids, ‘No, don’t listen to the president, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.’ Truly sad.” And Alyssa Milano simply tweeted the hashtag, “#FacePalm.”

Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Trump’s Civil War remarks, which you can listen to below.

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