On Wednesday, Trump saluted and laid a wreath at the tomb of 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee. The president paid homage to Jackson on his 250th birthday.
Before arriving at the tomb Trump told a crowd of factory workers in Michigan that Jackson’s election was very similar to his. We don’t know what the president meant by that, but we do know that Jackson is known as one of the most racists Commander in Chiefs that served this nation.
Jackson Is Trump’s Personal Hero
Trump praised Jackson, who by the way was also a slave owner and the mastermind behind the Trail of Tears, as one of our “great” presidents and “the people’s president”. Trump also thanked the 7th president for his “service”.
Jackson has made history as the founder of the Democratic Party, but he is also known for his vicious military campaigns against Native Americans. Under his command, 46,000 Indians were forced to leave their homelands in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia and move to the Southwest. Their sorrowful journey is now known as the “Trail of Tears”.
Even though Jackson owned slaves, Trump and his aides remain dedicated fans. Trump even hung a portrait of the controversial president in the Oval Office.
Last year, Trump praised Jackson for having had a “great history.” Trump defended Jackson when the U.S. Treasury announced that Jackson was too racist to remain on the $20 bill, and he should be replaced with abolitionist Harriet Tubman. But Jackson’s “great history” is blood-stained.
Jackson’s Presidency Tainted by Racism and Violence
After one year in office, Jackson signed off the Indian Removal Act, which forcefully relocated Indian tribes to lands west of Mississippi and forced them to give up their ancestral lands in the West. When indigenous people resisted the transplantation, Jackson ordered military retaliation.
At the end of his presidency, several native tribes gave their lands to slaveowners, settlers, and farmers voluntarily or by force. However, not all tribes gave up their lands peacefully. The Semiole tribe tried to resist, and the incident sparked the Second Semiole War. In 1836, Jackson ordered them to leave their lands within two years, however, 16,000 chose to stay.
Around 7,000 troops were deployed to the tribes and forced the natives at bayonet point to leave. The natives were not allowed to gather their belongings, so they watched soldiers steal their property. Thousands were forced to head West on foot via the said Trail of Tears where many tribe members including women and children died of cold, hunger, and disease.
Surprisingly, Trump is not the only U.S. president to honor Jackson. The commander-in-chief visited Jackson’s tomb exactly 50 years after Lyndon Johnson paid a tribute at the grave. Other U.S. presidents who honored Jackson include Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Reagan. One historian noted that Jackson attracts forceful presidents because he himself had a forceful presidency, while a less apologetic historian noted that Jackson was a populist but his presidency had within it “an undercurrent of racism and violence.”
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