Day-101 saw MSNBC and The Rachel Maddow Show at it again.
This time they botched their “gotcha” when, with an article that opened with, “One day, we’ll probably discover a subject area in which Donald Trump has at least some proficiency,” they attempted top call Trump for saying:
“He was really angry that – he [Andrew Jackson] saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. [Jackson] said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’”
MSNBC acted as if the Civil War was a Pearl Harbor. They treated it as if it was not the conclusion of a series of events and conflicts which dated back decades.
Andrew Jackson, POTUS-7, was in office between 4 March 1829 and 4 March 1837 and died 8 June 1845; he was succeeded by his vice president, Martin Van Buren, who served one term and died 24 July 1862.
These dates have significance because Trump suggested the Civil War could have been avoided if Jackson had been in office "a little later." Since Trump apparently failed to define "a little later", we can assume a term or two later. In that case, there would have been no “Trail of Tears” relocation of the Native American tribes – at least not due to an Indian Removal Act of 1830 signed by Jackson, which was apparently brought on by the Georgia Gold Rush and brought to an end by the arrival of the 48er’s & 49er’s spoken of in "Jonathon's POTUS Cousins", combined with the California Gold Rush.
Assuming, as might be done on the internet discussion group QUORA, that, under Trump’s scenario, Jackson comes to office in 1837, he might well be correct. The later date changes a lot of history. First of all, William Harrison and his VP John Tyler would never have been elected, because Harrison died in 1841 and therefore could not be succeeded by Tyler. But given the time shift, assuming Van Buren succeed Jackson, his term expired in 1849 – right at the time of the California Gold Rush and the wave of liberal-socialist immigrants from Europe.
James Polk would never have been POTUS because he died in 1849. And that raises the issue of whether or not Zachary Taylor could have successfully as the first, rather than third Whig party candidate to be elected – it might not even have existed, since its founders formed it in opposition to Jackson, with an agenda that held the Congress was superior to the President, so their success depended on the nature of the Gold Rush Congress, while the Democrats were what we could call the Populist Party.
Without the Whig Party in 1834, Abraham Lincoln might not have been a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and therefore might never have become POTUS. In any event, the publication of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in serial format in June 1851, and its publication as a best-selling novel in 1852 changed the political landscape when there were different politicians to affect.