President Trump argued Andrew Jackson saw the Civil War coming in a tweet Monday evening.
"President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!" Trump tweeted.
President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Trump's tweet comes amidst outrage after liberal outlets seized on comments the president made to Washington Examiner columnist Salena Zito in an interview published Monday suggesting Jackson would have stopped the Civil War had "been a little bit later."
"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," Trump said in the interview. "He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this.'"
According to Zito the comments were taken out of context. "Context is everything, and everything outside of context is a lie," Zito told the "Examining Politics" podcast.