I did not hear the entire speech so I don’t know the larger context, but it does appear that Attorney General and former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions knows a thing or two about the cause of the Civil War.
Here is Yoni Appelbaum‘s tweet:
Jeff Sessions to the Union League, marking Lincoln Day: “Slavery was the cause of the war. It was not states’ rights or tariffs or agrarian versus industrial economies….The cloud, the stain of human bondage—the buying and selling of human beings—was the unsolvable problem.” pic.twitter.com/eZCC7woODu
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) February 12, 2018