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Trump Fact-Checks NBC for Headline Claiming He Called Robert E. Lee a “Great General”

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Trump often gets criticized by both friends and foes for his liberal use of Twitter.

Say what you will about his choices to mock and belittle media personalities and dangerous dictators alike on the platform, there is certainly a unique advantage to being able to hear directly from the president himself, instead of the blatantly biased media go-between.

While Trump usually goes on epic tweet storms when he gets miffed with the press, causing a backlash, not to mention 48 hours of news coverage, from the press itself.

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But following a recently grossly mischaracterized quotation that NBC had extracted from the President’s rally in Ohio over the weekend, Trump called them out simply and to the point, forcing NBC to issue a correction.

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This is one very good reason for the President to have a Twitter account, because, due to the nature of the misquote, this incident would have otherwise continued to fuel the false impression that he is a raging racist.

Ohio is the birthplace of Union General Ulysses S. Grant, and Trump praised the legendary military leader during the rally. Leading up to this, however, he mentioned Grant’s Confederate counterpart, Robert E. Lee.

“So Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee,” he explained.

Fair–Lee did lead a military campaign that proved to be a formidable challenge for the Union army for quite some time.

Trump’s point, though, was to praise Grant, who he also said was “a great general,” who “knocked the hell out of everyone.”

“It also gave you a general, who was incredible. He drank a little bit too much,” Trump said, to laughter from the crowd.

So, in other words, Trump basically admitted to being a racist, right? Apparently, according to NBC copywriters:

“WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible,'” they tweeted out, with a conveniently edited clip from the speech.

Trump was not having it.

“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!” he tweeted.

The network, surprisingly, actually took account for their “mistake”.

The President was apparently satisfied.

 

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Democratic Congresswoman Claims to Have Evidence That Mueller Didn’t

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