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O’Brien recapped Trump’s interview, in which he said Andrew Jackson could have prevented the Civil War, even though Jackson died 16 years before the war began.
“Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have worked out?” Trump asked in a radio interview. O’Brien joked that Trump doubled down by creating a documentary about the war, and O’Brien played the fake film for his audience.
“The year was either 1975 or 1985, some say it never happened at all,” a Trump impersonator narrates as the film begins. “While things were getting pretty tense between the North and the South, the East and the West were wisely sitting this one out.”
Fake Trump mused on why the war began — perhaps it was union soldiers paid for by George Soros and the Huffington Post — and discussed how the “fake media coverage” back then was just made of drawings.
Stephen Colbert took a dig at slave-owning President Jackson as he brought up the subject, joking that Jackson’s defense for not having a war was that all of his slaves were happy.
“Now — and one rarely hears this — in fairness to Andrew Jackson, I’m not surprised he didn’t stop the Civil War, given that he died 16 years before it started.”
He mocked Trump’s question that nobody asks why there was a Civil War.
“It’s one of the great mysteries of our time,” said Colbert. “Why was there the Civil War? Also, who murdered the Titanic? We’ll never know.”
The ghost of Abraham Lincoln appeared and screamed “slavery” at Colbert. Colbert told him that unfortunately nobody’s ever asked about why the Civil War happened.
“No one has to,” screamed cartoon ghost Lincoln. “Read the f—ing Emancipation Proclamation.”
Seth Meyers, meanwhile, did a “Closer Look” on Trump’s recent revelation that being president of the United States is difficult, and in it he spoke about Trump’s seeming lack of knowledge on the Civil War.
Meyers read a fake letter from a soldier who writes about not knowing why they are fighting in the Civil War.
“Today I bayonetted my own brother,” reads the letter. “‘For what purpose?’ he cried out. And I, of course, could only respond, ‘I do not know. Nobody knows.'”
Meyers spoke about how Trump does not have a firm grasp on what it takes to be president nor does he understand basic facts about American history. Meyers then teased Trump for saying that he thought being president would be easier.
“You thought the presidency would be easier than being a game show host?” laughed Meyers. “There’s a reason Abraham Lincoln is on the $5 bill instead of Alex Trebek.”
Last night, Trump stood by his comments about Andrew Jackson, taking to Twitter to say that Jackson was angry and wouldn’t have let the Civil War happen.
President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
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