Trump Rebukes Media for ‘Dishonest’ Coverage of Rally Remarks

Remedial history Trump flunks basics at Ohio rally

Spot the difference? As Twitter used Tyler Cantrell pointed out, it is these kinds of mainstream media actions which explain why so many Americans distrust the news business.

News on Friday incorrectly tweeted that Trump had called Lee "incredible" during his speech.

Taken in isolation, that sounds like the president thought Lee was the "incredible" general.

"Ohio is the state that gave us a great president who hasn't been properly recognized, OK?" In fact, Trump was talking about Ulysses S. Grant, the heavy-drinking general who eventually led the Union to victory against the South. So Robert E. Lee was a great general.

"Lincoln had nearly developed a phobia because he was having a hard time with a true great fighter and a great general, Robert E. Lee", Trump said just moments later. "He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee".

Trump was actually talking about what an effective general Lee was (which is undisputed by historians) and how hard it would be to defeat him. "And Lincoln just said, "You" ― hardly knew his name ― and they said, 'Don't take him. Grant really did-he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man, was he a good general", Trump told the crowd.

NBC News met with swift backlash online following its misleading framing of Trump's comments.

The is not the first time the president has spoken fondly of Confederate generals.

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.

After NBC News originally put out the incorrect tweet, Trump slammed the station in a tweet of his own.

A parody Ulysses S. Grant Twitter account offered a more humorous response: "Look, I drank whiskey, I liked whiskey, I still like whiskey... and I beat Robert E. Lee".

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

The tweet from NBC, which started out with the word "correction" in capital letters, said that "An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio".

But NBC News omitted Trump's earlier statement that "Ohio is the state that gave us a great president", which would have clarified that Trump was saying that it was the state of OH that "gave you a general, who was incredible". But Reverend Lee's message is a powerful admonishment, coming from a southerner and a descendent of the general himself.



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