President Donald Trump, who has a ‘very good brain,’ has repeatedly gotten easy facts about world history wrong while president. Trump’s gaffe about Andrew Jackson and the US Civil War is just the tip of the iceberg. What else did he miss while sleeping in history class?
It’s very clear by this point that President Donald Trump, 70, didn’t pay attention in school. He’s falsified facts about various points in United States, and world history, to the point of being baffling. It’s one thing for a normal person to say, not know why we fought in the Civil War, but it’s another when that person is the president of the United States. Here’s 11 historical facts that Trump didn’t get right both in the Oval Office and on the campaign trail.
1. He thought Andrew Jackson was alive during the Civil War
He’s never going to escape this gaffe. Trump said in a May 1 interview on SiriusXM that he didn’t understand why the Civil War couldn’t “be worked out,” and implied that he didn’t even know what started the war. Slavery. It’s slavery. He also stated that our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, was angry that the war started. Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War.
2. He didn’t know Abraham Lincoln was a Republican
More Civil War history. Trump is a Republican president. The Republican party is called “the party of Lincoln.” And yet, the president didn’t know that President Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. It’s one of the most cited facts about the former president. “Great president. Most people don’t even know he was a Republican,” Trump said back in March. “Does anyone know? Lot of people don’t know that.”
3. He thinks Frederick Douglass is still alive
Trump implied in a speech at the White House during Black History Month that abolitionist Frederick Douglass is alive and well. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” he said. Not only has Douglass been dead for 122 years, but that sounds exactly like a child who did a report on Douglass and never read the book.
4. He forgot that Richard Nixon was impeached
During an interview with Bob Woodward of all people, in April, Trump said that failed US president Richard Nixon left the White House because of his personality. He forgot that Nixon was a criminal, and was impeached because of the Watergate scandal. The fact that he was being interviewed by Woodward, one of the reporters who famously broke the story in the 1970s, should have jogged his memory.
5. He thought Kim Jong Ill and Kim Jong Un were the same person
Trump was discussing his frustration with North Korea on Fox and Friends in April, and seemed to lack an understanding of their government’s history. “They’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read [former president Bill] Clinton‘s book, he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke. Everybody has been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman, and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.
The problem? Clinton was talking about former North Korean leader Kim Jong Ill, current leader Kim Jong Un‘s grandfather. Un did not come into power until 2011, far after Clinton was out of office.
6. He didn’t know what NATO does
Before taking office, Trump declared NATO “obsolete” and then claimed that he “fixed” their reluctance to combat terrorism. The alliance, which was established in 1949, counts counterterrorism operations as its main objective since 9/11. Deploying forces to Afghanistan was the biggest operation in its history. Later, Trump declared NATO “not obsolete.”
7. He cited a fake US Civil War battle
There’s a plaque at Trump’s golf course in Northern Virginia that commemorates The River of Blood — a fake Civil War battleground and event that never actually happened. It’s unclear where he got the false information, and he fought historians who tried to tell him the truth, saying “how would they know? They weren’t there.” Same to him!
8. He thinks Korea used to be part of China
As if our relationship with North Korea isn’t rocky enough at this point, Trump made a major mistake about Sino-Korean history by saying that Korea used to be part of China. Not true, and something that deeply offended Koreans. Trump said twos after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Something must have gotten lost in translation.
9. He thinks nobody knows who Susan B. Anthony was
“Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony? I’m shocked that you’ve heard of her,” Trump said at a women’s empowerment panel in March. While he may have been trying to make an ill-advised joke, his ignorance was shocking and offensive to many women — especially after a woman almost became president.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Trump knows so little about world history?