Trump praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee at OH campaign rally

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President Trump did what he does best when he appeared at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio.

Trump was speaking at a rally in Cincinnati, and he peppered looking-glass Civil War history amongst calls for black Americans to "honor" Republicans with their votes. Instead, the focus turned to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

He wrote, "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.

Grant would later go on to be President after his victories in the Civil War, but his presidency was littered with corruption and scandal. Grant really did - he had a serious problem, a serious drinking problem, but man was he a good general.

OH has given "you a general who was incredible", Trump told the crowd.

Lee also reflected on how Trump's words fit into the larger state of American politics and culture. But Reverend Lee's message is a powerful admonishment, coming from a southerner and a descendent of the general himself.

The network subsequently tweeted, on Sunday at 1:23 p.m., "CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio. He drank a little bit too much", Trump said to laughter.

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Last month Prince William opened up about the emotional toll of witnessing suffering during his time as an air ambulance pilot. He added: "She was genuinely knowledgeable and excited about photography - particularly the history".

It was the latter - who hailed from OH - that trump praised as "incredible", though the distinction was somewhat unclear from teh way Trump told the story.

"An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump's remark", NBC News' admission of guilt stated this afternoon.

However, the initial NBC error set up an entire news cycle of criticism of the president, painting him - once again - as a Confederate sympathizer and a racist.

The correction concerns a tweet NBC sent out on Friday night, as Trump held his raucous campaign rally. "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia".

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.

Lee was winning battle after battle after battle.

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