Trump Said Ulysses S. Grant Was Incredible, Not Robert E. Lee

Outrage erupts over Trump speech praising Civil War general – but here’s the whole story

Trump, in a speech last Friday, began a monologue on the Ohio-born Grant, alleging that despite the Union general's drinking problem, President Abraham Lincoln turned to him to defeat Lee, referring to the Confederate military leader as a "true great fighter". The comments were meant to honor Grant and the state that spawned him.

Politico noted that Trump had praised both Lee and Grant, but ran with the headline, "Trump praises Robert E. Lee during OH rally", though the point of Trump's speech had been to praise Grant for defeating Lee.

The correction, noted in a tweet Sunday afternoon, came hours after Trump bashed NBC News for "totally and purposely" changing the meaning of his remarks. "As usual, dishonest reporting".

Spot the difference? As Twitter used Tyler Cantrell pointed out, it is these kinds of mainstream media actions which explain why so many Americans distrust the news business. "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia". "You know who I'm talking about, right?" "And Lincoln just said, "You" ― hardly knew his name ― and they said, 'Don't take him".

This time around he made a decision to focus on Robert E. Lee, the general of the Confederate Army and what he calls a "phobia" that Abraham Lincoln had of Lee. "General Grant. And he went in and he knocked the hell out of everyone".

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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.

"CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio".

Think about that. Tyler Cantrell, a random Twitter user, was able to spot the error within minutes of watching the clip in full context. 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".

On Sunday, the President tweeted as much. "It was for states' rights yes, but for states' rights to own slaves".

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