Trump praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee at OH campaign rally

Remedial history Trump flunks basics at Ohio rally

Was actually a shoutout to warrior Grant and the great state in which he was born.

"An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in OH", they tweeted. Grant was not viewed as a great general but he ended up beating Lee anyway.

That was the tweet on Friday.

Trump, for his part, charged that NBC had intentionally misrepresented his speech about Ulysses S Grant.

"President Trump says "Robert E. Lee was a great general" during OH rally, calling the Confederate leader 'incredible'". Grant really did - he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man was he a good general.

As an example of a more neutral headline, USA Today had an article titled "Trump gives Civil War history at OH rally, describing Lee, Grant as "great" generals". "He drank a little bit too much", said Trump.

It was the latter - who hailed from OH - that trump praised as "incredible", though the distinction was somewhat unclear from teh way Trump told the story.

Speaking for an hour before a crowd of 4,000, Trump praised the Confederate general's leadership and fighting skill, calling him a "great general" and a "true, great fighter". Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle ... So I encourage you to vote. And his name was Grant. Trump said that it wasn't until Lincoln made Ulysees S Grant his general that the Union was able to bring down the Confederate army. Trump continued with his praise of Grant, and repeated again that both Lee and Grant were great generals, and said to the OH audience of Grant "he came from right here. He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee".

Lee also reflected on how Trump's words fit into the larger state of American politics and culture. But Reverend Lee's message is a powerful admonishment, coming from a southerner and a descendent of the general himself.

Lee and his army achieved great success during the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Bull Run (Mansassas) and Fredericksburg, with his greatest victory coming in the bloody Battle of Chancellorsville. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The president pointed out the network's error on Sunday, slamming it in a tweet he posted at 9:56 a.m.

Nevertheless, the story that Trump took time at his rally to "praise" Robert E. Lee was a constant theme on MSNBC all weekend, up to and including this morning.

Trump complained about the misrepresentation on his Twitter account.



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