President Trump and the Cause of the Civil War

As critics scoff at President Trump's recent remarks suggesting an Andrew Jackson presidency might have prevented the Civil War, Dr. Tracy McKenzie points out the fairness of suggesting that the Civil War may not have been inevitable. But he also argues that the current president's stirring of the people's passions against the government would have been more likely to fuel than abate civil war.

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson

Last summer, Dr. Tracy McKenzie wrote, "In [Andrew Jackson's] elevation to the presidency almost two hundred years ago, we see a foreshadowing of the emotional, frequently irrational politics of 2016. And in Jackson, we see the combination of reckless, anti-intellectual, populist bravado that the current “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party has so wonderfully perfected." Now as president, Donald Trump has honored his populist predecessor on the occasion of his 250th birthday.