Op-Ed: Rudy Giuliani on Trump: “This is like Andrew Jackson’s victory.”

Jai Jazo, Chronicle Reporter

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Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday likened Trump to seventh president Andrew Jackson. Immediately following the election results, he told Chris Matthew of MSNBC that “This is like Andrew Jackson’s victory. This is the people beating the establishment. And that’s how he [Donald Trump] posited right from the beginning, the people are rising up against a government they find to be dysfunctional. And yes, it’s a defeat for the Democrats, but this is a defeat for the Republicans too.” 

This was controversial choice for a few reasons. As President, Jackson was a tendentious figure who sought to overturn the status quo for the common white man.

Andrew Jackson was raised without a father and his mother passed away age of fourteen due to Cholera. Robert V. Remini, a historian who is often sympathetic to Jackson conveyed him as a “wild roughneck, always into mischief, fighting, rollicking, and getting into trouble. There was an air of restlessness about him, a tension that sometimes erupted into ugly acts of violence.”

Jackson’s rough and tough image later coined him “Old Hickory.”  Jackson was a war hero who as a Tennessee militia commander controversially ordered the execution of British citizens during the First Seminole War. President Jackson is known for the Indian Removal Act, which when implemented during his administration led to the Trail of Tears for the Cherokee peoples in which thousands died on a forced eight hundred mile trek.

In regards to slavery, every founding father in one sense or the other before him did not condemn the institution to the extent many do today. Jackson was no exception, and his record is not as straightforward. There is an account which indicates Jackson was a cruel slaveholder who would condone runaways being whipped without mercy. However, those who came to his Hermitage plantation believed Jackson cared for his slaves “with great humanity”.

Anti-Establishment

Likely what Rudy Giuliani was referring to when he discussed Trump’s election as being similar to “Andrew Jackson’s victory” the anti-establishment tendencies between the two as not their personas. Jackson fought against the status quo in his “war” against the Second Bank of the United States. The Second Bank was a quasi-private central banking system that many Westerners at the time thought benefited elite Eastern “aristocrats” as opposed to the ordinary people thereby being the “President of the People”.  On that other hand, Donald Trump has been seen by his supporters as being representative of their interests, despite being a New York-based billionaire.  Both men evoked massive support from those in rural areas.

Jackson didn’t care much for established institutions, laws, and certainly not international treaties as exhibited by his conduct with the British in the First Seminole War. Likewise, Donald Trump has caused quite stir when he said he wouldn’t accept the results of the election if he lost. Andrew Jackson made multiple times from his childhood and against political opponents, Donald Trump also make similar threats.

Both men have similarities and differences. Only time will tell as to how effective a political leader Trump is, however, it doesn’t seem that he has the passion or drive to govern like Jackson did. Comparing one political leader from the next in different eras should be done with caution. However, the two have interesting backstories and histories that should be looked into. As they always say, “History often repeats himself”. Where do you stand on the issue?

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Op-Ed: Rudy Giuliani on Trump: “This is like Andrew Jackson’s victory.”