President Donald Trump rebuked coverage by certain media of his comments related to Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Trump accused media—specifically NBC News, who later issued a correction—of twisting and cutting his full remarks made during an Oct. 12 rally where he praised a number of Ohioans. He said his statements about Lee were part of a monologue in which he applauded Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant—an Ohio native.
Near the end of his speech, Trump had referenced the Confederate Army general and his Union counterpart, before commending Grant for winning the civil war. Lee is not from Ohio.
“Robert E. Lee was a great general, and Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia,” Trump said during the event. “He couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee."
One-SidedTrump's critique was most likely referring to an NBC News video post that left out his full remarks. The tweet, published on their official news Twitter account, said, "WATCH: President Trump says 'Robert E. Lee was a great general' during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader 'incredible.'" It has been retweeted thousands of times.
News reports from other media had similar one-sided headlines in which they included Trump's initial quote about Lee and left out the end of his anecdote.
During the rally, Trump said that despite Grant's drinking problem, Lincoln still turned to the Union general to defeat Lee.
“And he went in and knocked the hell out of everyone,” Trump said of Grant. “They said to Lincoln, ‘You can’t use him anymore, he’s an alcoholic’ and Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, frankly, get me six or seven just like him.'
"He started to win. Grant really did—he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man, was he a good general," Trump told the crowd. "And he’s finally being recognized as a great general."
Trump in the past criticized the recent push to tear down Confederate statues, including those of Lee.