So the media were positively salivating when Trump, holding a campaign rally in OH on Friday, began talking about Civil War generals. 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. Instead, the focus turned to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. But there was also a tomato tossed at the media, which made much of comments by Trump in OH on hometown hero Ulysses S. Grant. But on Sunday, NBC had to correct that tweet since, as it turns out, Trump was actually praising Union General (and future U.S. President) Ulysses S. Grant in the clip.
"He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee", he explained.
Grant would later go on to be President after his victories in the Civil War, but his presidency was littered with corruption and scandal. He's got a drinking problem.' And Lincoln said, 'I don't care what problem he has, you guys aren't winning.' And his name was Grant.
Trump said the state of OH gave the country a "general who was incredible".
To further undermine the narrative of a dog whistle to his audience, the crowd did not applaud at the sound of Robert E. Lee's name, but applauded loudly when Trump mentioned Grant.
Near the end of his speech, Trump had referenced the Confederate Army general and his Union counterpart, before commending Grant for winning the civil war.
An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio.
Trump, for his part, charged that NBC had intentionally misrepresented his speech about Ulysses S Grant.
"An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump's remark", NBC News' admission of guilt stated this afternoon.
NBC News rested their correction on the notion that they only misattributed a single word: incredible.
Trump's critique was most likely referring to an NBC News video post that left out his full remarks. "He drank a little bit too much", said Trump. "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia".
Trump did indeed say that Lee was an incredible general.