NBC News Corrects Misleading Claim That Trump Praised Robert E. Lee as ‘Incredible,’ 2 Days Later

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It took a tweet from President Donald Trump and two days of ridicule online, but NBC News has finally corrected their claim that the president praised Confederate general Robert E. Lee as “incredible.”

In their initial tweet, which has not been deleted, NBC wrote, “WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible.'”

The video tweet received high engagement:

Trump called out NBC for the erroneous tweet, as he was actually describing U.S. general, and later president, Ulysses S. Grant, not the Confederate general.

In full context, Trump said Lee was a great general when it came to battle tactics, and despite having a “drinking problem,” Grant was able to beat him and win the Civil War.

On Sunday, NBC News sent a correction, but have still kept the original tweet up.

“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,” their tweet said.

Ever the active user, Trump thanked NBC.

“Thank you to NBC for the correction,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Daniel Ellis
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Daniel Ellis

The sad thing is, is that General Lee and Gen. Grant were both great Americans who, like today’s Party’s, have chosen sides and preferred settling things with a Civil war. We can not change our history and our history is supposed to teach us lessons and point out mistakes that should never be repeated again. Today’s extremist what to erase our history and point out all the exclusions to gender and race without realizing that those times are gone due to the remembering the consequences.

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

Generally Lee wanted to keep the Arlington and other slaves past his father-in-law’s wishes. Mr Custis wanted the slaves freed immediately upon his death and told his slaves this. Lee wanted to keep them for 5 more years. When 3 slaves tried to escape, Lee had them whipped, 50 times for the men, 20 times for the female.

He still wasn’t a nice guy.

Otisamsonite
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Otisamsonite

The irony is that Robert Edward Lee was an incredible General whose only real mistake was at Gettysburg which turned the tide of the War Between the States. Anyone who knows history knows that Lee was against the secession but finally decided to support his kith and kin and his home state of Virginia in the conflict that was to come. Lee was offered the position as head of the Union army but ultimately turned it down. Had he been in charge instead of General George ‘drill, drill, drill’ McClellan, the war would’ve been short-lived. The Confederacy could have won… Read more »

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