Donald Trump is destined to go down in history as the worst president, after only three months in office his administration is in chaos, Congress is deadlocked (not so much between the Democrats and the Republicans, but between the moderate Republicans and the far-right Republicans), and the nation is bitterly divided.
It`s no surprise that Donald Trump`s favorite president is the man who previously held the title as the worst president in history, Andrew Jackson. Trump frequently lavishes praise on Jackson in prepared remarks as well as on Twitter. Trump placed a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office and made a pilgrimage to racist`s tomb in Nashville shortly after being sworn in.
I seriously doubt that Trump even knew who Jackson was a year ago, his alt-right buddy and adviser, Steve Bannon, is the one who introduced the wretched historical figure to Trump. Jackson was a slave owner with a volcanic temper, and his biggest crime was committing genocide against Native Americans:
“In 1830, a year after he became president, Jackson signed a law that he had proposed – the Indian Removal Act – which legalized ethnic cleansing. Within seven years 46,000 indigenous people were removed from their homelands east of the Mississippi. Their removal gave 25 million acres of land “to white settlement and to slavery,” according to PBS. The area was home to the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. In the Trail of Tears alone, 4,000 Cherokee people died of cold, hunger, and disease on their way to the western lands.”
Trump`s infatuation with Jackson didn`t really get the attention it deserved until an interview on May 1, 2017 when he dropped this gem:
“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.”
Jackson never expressed any remorse for owning slaves, and this man with a “big heart” drove Native Americans from their lands, killing tens of thousand in the process. To say that Jackson would have ended the Civil War is akin to declaring that Hitler would have wiped out racism if only Germany had won.
Trump`s bromances with dictators and despots is very troubling, this sick bastard can`t even choose one of our best presidents (John F. Kennedy or Franklin Roosevelt) as a role model, instead he venerates a scum of the Earth.
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