Trump hosted the Lebanon, Ohio, rally to support Rep. Steve Chabot (R), the incumbent in district's Congressional race, a fact that Chabot seemed perturbed by. 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.
President Donald Trump was up and at 'em this morning, firing off two tweets in the early going after a quick trip to Kentucky for another Make America Great Again rally last night.
"NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant". 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 explained. Grant really did - he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man was he a good general.
Trump said the state of OH gave the country a "general who was incredible".
Trump's stance on monuments to Confederate leaders like Lee ignited a movement a year ago to remove those statues of leaders who fought to preserve slavery. With Confederate defeat a near certainty, Lee continued on, battling Union General Ulysses S. Grant in a series of clashes in Virginia in 1864-65 before finally surrendering what was left of his army in April 1865. "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia".
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The President also found time to shout-out to Princess Eugenie of York, described as a "total winner" in the tweet and a "truly handsome bride".
Trump, at least, was magnanimous, thanking NBC for the correction.
After Trump called out NBC News, the network posted a correction.
Trump, however, said those monuments should stay. Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle ... "They said to Lincoln, 'You can't use [Grant] anymore, he's an alcoholic.' And Lincoln said, 'I don't care if he's an alcoholic, frankly, give me six or seven more just like him.' He started to win".