Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

NBC Forced to Issue Correction on Trump's 'Robert E. Lee' Comments

NBC Forced to Issue Correction on Trump's 'Robert E. Lee' Comments

President Trump did what he does best when he appeared at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio.

Trump's praise of Lee came after he asked black voters to "honor" the GOP by voting for Republicans in November. While the president did call Lee a "great" general, he was only doing so to boast of Ohio-native, General of the Union Army, and President Ulysses S. Grant's own military might in defeating Lee and the South.

The story, which rocketed across the web, claimed that Trump was saying Robert E. Lee was the "great general" who "drank too much" but was "incredible'".

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". Grant, who went on to become the 18th president of the United States, was a native of OH and this marked Trump's attempt to make note of the great Ohioans who hail from the Buckeye State. "He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee". He said his statements about Lee were part of a monologue in which he applauded Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant-an OH native.

The network subsequently tweeted, on Sunday at 1:23 p.m., "CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio".

"It also gave you a general, who was incredible".

Almost two days later, following Trump's tweet condemning NBC News, the outlet tweeted its correction, which included the full clip of his Lee-Grant story.


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

Trump, however, said those monuments should stay.

Even after NBC issued its correction, the Southern Poverty Law Center was tweeting about Trump's so-called "revisionist history".

"NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant", he wrote in a tweet on October 14.

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

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". "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia". Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle ...

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