Donald Trump shows no sign of easing up on his praise of Andrew Jackson.
During an interview set to air on Sirius XM Monday, Trump said Jackson could have prevented the Civil War.
“I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump said. “He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart.”
It’s not the first time Trump has praised Jackson. Days after moving into the White House, Trump hung a portrait of the seventh president of the United States in the Oval Office and, in March, he laid a wreath on his tomb in Nashville, Tennessee.
Like Trump, Jackson promised to shake up elitism in the government, but the noted populist war hero was responsible for ruthless policies towards Native Americans, making his legacy incredibly controversial.
We decided to take a look at the life and career of the seventh president.
Andrew Jackson was born into a religious Irish immigrant family in 1767. Due to imprecise documents from the time period, both North Carolina and South Carolina claim to be Jackson’s birth state.
At the height of the American Revolutionary War, British officers captured 13-year-old Jackson and turned him into a prisoner of war. His hatred for Great Britain started after an officer slashed his cheek with a sword for refusing to polish his boots.
Source: The Hermitage
Known for his fiery temper and thirst for power, Jackson studied law and later served in the House of Representatives and the Senate.