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

Network gets it wrong in a tweet slamming the president — he sets them straight

NBC News had to issue a correction over its reporting on President Donald Trump’s Civil War comments at his Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in Lebanon, Ohio, on Friday, acknowledging that the president did not actually describe Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as “incredible,” as The Daily Caller reported.

The correction concerns a tweet NBC sent out on Friday night, as Trump held his raucous campaign rally.

The network wrote, “WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible.’”

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

He wrote, “NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant. Was actually a shoutout to warrior Grant and the great state in which he was born. As usual, dishonest reporting. Even mainstream media embarrassed!”

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 was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump’s remark. Here is the full clip.”

NBC News did not bother to include Trump’s full comments when it tweeted that Trump was calling Gen. Lee, the commander of the Confederate States Army, “incredible.”

When one listens to the president’s full comments at the rally about the two leaders, it is clear he was calling Ulysses S. Grant, the general of the Union army, “incredible” — not Lee.

“Ohio is the state that gave us a great president who hasn’t been properly recognized, OK?” said the president.

“[President] William McKinley has not been properly recognized. What he did in terms of trade, in terms of war, but in terms of trade — and, I hate to say it, in being smart in terms of tariffs — William McKinley has not been properly recognized. But maybe someday he will.”

He continued, “It also gave you a general who was incredible. He drank a little bit too much. You know who I’m talking about, right?” he said.

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“So Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee, he was going crazy … Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle … They said, ‘Don’t take him. He’s got a drinking problem.’

“And Lincoln said, ‘I don’t care what problem he has. You guys aren’t winning.’ And his name was Grant, Gen. Grant,” Trump explained.

Trump’s comments clearly were about Grant, a native of Ohio who was known for his battles with alcoholism, as The Daily Caller noted.

See Trump’s comments in the video below.

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