TRUMP COMMEMORATED A CIVIL WAR BATTLE THAT NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED

During Monday’s interview with the Washington Examiner, President Trump dropped a number of head-scratching comments regarding Andrew Jackson and the Civil War that were demonstrative of a wildly ignorant understanding of U.S. history.

Trump’s remarks are the latest in a series of historical misunderstandings (some would say fabrications) that continue to undermine his presidency.

In 2015, The New York Times noted that candidate Trump erected a civil war memorial to a battle named that “River of Blood” on his Sterling, Virginia golf course. Civil War historians, however, assert that the “River of Blood” never happened.

The memorial’s commemorative plaque claims:

“The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ”

Despite local historians’ insistence that his claims have no basis in fact, Trump maintains that his memorial is grounded in historical legitimacy:

“That was a prime site for river crossings,” he said. “So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them,” also questioning how historians could know differently if they weren’t there**.

Trump’s dismissal of experts and expertise, while by no means new to him, speaks to an intellectual arrogance that he does not deserve,

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