So the media were positively salivating when Trump, holding a campaign rally in OH on Friday, began talking about Civil War generals. "He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee".
"So Robert E. Lee was a great general and Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia, he couldn't beat Robert E. Lee", Trump told the crowd "He was going crazy.but Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle and Abraham Lincoln came home and he said 'I can't beat Robert E. Lee". Adding, "Robert E. Lee was a great general".
President Donald Trump inspired another outrage mob on social media after praising Civil War general Robert E. Lee, but the media isn't reporting the entire context of his comments.
Later in his speech, Trump said that Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States and Commanding General of the Army during the Civil War, was also was a "great general", and that he "knocked the hell out of everyone". "You know who I'm talking about, right?" But on Sunday, NBC had to correct that tweet since, as it turns out, Trump was actually praising Union General (and future U.S. President) Ulysses S. Grant in the clip. Even mainstream media embarrassed. "And Lincoln just said, "You" ― hardly knew his name ― and they said, 'Don't take him". "Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies".
The tweet from NBC, which started out with the word "correction" in capital letters, said that "An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio".
The Washington Post reported that Trump praised Lee - and only reported the Grant part of Trump's speech in quoting Trump's tweet Sunday morning. "It was for states' rights yes, but for states' rights to own slaves".