Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Rebukes Media for ‘Dishonest’ Coverage of Rally Remarks

Trump Rebukes Media for ‘Dishonest’ Coverage of Rally Remarks

NBC later issued a correction for their post the same day Trump criticized them. Even one of the Civil War general's descendents, the reverent Rob Lee, took to Twitter to slam the president for supposedly supporting his Confederate ancestor.

"Ohio is the state that gave us a great president who hasn't been properly recognized, OK?" "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'". When looking at his comments just a few seconds sooner, it's clear that the president was calling Ulysses S. Grant, the general of the Union army, incredible - not Lee. "And Abraham Lincoln came home, he said, 'I can't beat Robert E. Lee'".

In 2017, Trump also expressed support for the Confederate general when he tweeted about statues being taken down in the South by anti-racist protesters. Grant really did - he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man was he a good general. "You guys aren't winning.' And his name was Grant, General Grant", Trump explained.

NBC News met with swift backlash online following its misleading framing of Trump's comments. Grant was from Ohio; Lee was from Virginia.

At a rally Friday in Ohio, Trump briefly recounted the story of how President Abraham Lincoln chose Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to lead the Union forces.

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

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If there's some solace in this, it's that the corrected tweet - in a rare instance - is getting more retweets than the original, incorrect tweet.

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. He described Lincoln fretting that Lee was winning so many battles, and that they couldn't find a way to beat him.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

The president thanked the outlet on Twitter later Sunday afternoon.

Except, as The Daily Wire previously reported, Trump was not praising Lee out of the blue (despite constant media claims that Trump is a white supremacist), and he never called Lee "incredible".

The story, which rocketed across the web, claimed that Trump was saying Robert E. Lee was the "great general" who "drank too much" but was "incredible'". "Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies".

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