Trump Being Compared to Former President Andrew Jackson

30/01/2017

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  • Donald Trump has done a lot in his first week as president of the United States.
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  • Trump canceled several of former President Barack Obama’s executive orders.
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  • He signed some of his own executive orders.
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  • He also met with members of the U.S. intelligence community.
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  • In between, the new president chose artwork to hang in his office at the White House.
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  • One is a painting of former President Andrew Jackson.
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  • Some Americans say his choice of the painting is not a surprise.
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  • Many have been comparing President Trump with the former president.
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  • Jackson became America’s seventh president in 1828.
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  • Historians consider the 1828 election one of the more negative presidential campaigns.
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  • Many people say the 2016 election campaign was also extremely negative.
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  • That is just the beginning of the comparisons between Trump and Jackson, observers say.
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  • Both men campaigned as populists – candidates who say they represent ordinary people.
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  • Both are also known as political outsiders and conservatives.
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  • And, both are known for having strong personalities.
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  • Jackson, like Trump, was fiercely independent.
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  • He said that he alone would define his administration’s policies.
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  • Trump spoke about conditions in the United States, and around the world, at the Republican Party’s national convention last summer.
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  • “I alone can fix it,” he said. Trump was talking of, in his words, “poverty and violence at home,” and “war and destruction abroad.”
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  • Observers have also noted similar parts of his inaugural speech to the speech given by former President Jackson.
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  • Andrew Jackson served two terms in office.
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  • He was a member of the Democratic Party -- the conservative party at that time in American history.
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  • Donald Trump once considered himself a Democrat.
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  • He was also, at one time, an independent.
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  • He is now a Republican -- the major conservative party in America today.
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  • But there are some clear differences between the two presidents, says writer Richard Dean Young.
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  • He has argued that Trump is not exactly a modern-day Jackson.
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  • “Historical comparisons are tricky,” Young told VOA.
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  • One difference is that Jackson served in the U.S. military, Young said.
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  • He fought in battles against Native Americans and, later, against British forces.
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  • Trump, on the other hand, is a billionaire businessman from New York City.
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  • In Young’s words, Trump is “a city boy with absolutely no experience in military matters.”
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  • "Jackson was ‘one of the people,’ definitely not a city boy,” Young said.
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  • Margaret O’Mara is a professor of history at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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  • She said Trump’s populist-conservative message does resemble that of Andrew Jackson’s.
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  • O’Mara said, “Trump is extraordinary.”
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  • And the country, she said, has never elected a populist quite like him before.
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  • O’Mara said it is still too early to predict Trump’s place in history.
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  • "It is too soon to make judgments about his place in presidential history.
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  • That will depend on what he does, how he does it," O’Mara said.
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