Twitchy tried to warn everyone Friday night that a quote from President Trump’s rally in Ohio was going to be taken out of context in the media to make Trump sound racist, and sure enough, that’s just what happened, and alleged journalists like Soledad O’Brien fell for it completely.
Yes, Trump did call Robert E. Lee a great general. That’s because Lee was a great general. And the whole point of building up Lee was to show that it took an even greater general, Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant, to defeat him. But yeah, all of that was left out of the tweets.
WATCH: President Trump says "Robert E. Lee was a great general" during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader "incredible." pic.twitter.com/HhsLI1Mk05
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2018
Trump calls on blacks to "honor" him with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee https://t.co/x8z4h0OWlN
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 13, 2018
We’d be angrier if we were even a little bit surprised. Gee, what could the Washington Post mean when it says Trump praised General Lee but still wants black votes?
Here are Trump’s comments tonight calling the leader of the Confederate army a “great general” multiple times https://t.co/jCtEdR1NFg
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 13, 2018
We thought this take from Scott Lomu, star of Discovery Channel’s “Jungle Gold,” was brilliant and dead-on:
Hillary Clinton: Robert Byrd (KKK leader) is my friend and MENTOR
Obama: Jeremiah Wright (racist America hater) is my friend and mentor
Trump: Robert E Lee a good general, Grant was better.
CNN: *heads explode
— Scott Lomu (@JungleGoldScott) October 13, 2018
The prayers for POTUS Trump will REALLY make their heads explode.https://t.co/JppCA05Yiq
— Author Richard Skeet (@Richard_Skeet) October 13, 2018
Oh and by the way Lee was a great general and you can acknowledge that without endorsing or agreeing with his cause. Rommel was a great general too but fought on the side of evil. Doesn’t change his military competence.
— Roy (@roystef34) October 13, 2018
Speaking of blue-checks and their takes on Trump’s speech, here’s the CEO of the Energy Project:
Trump embraces Robert E Lee, calling him a great general. Need we ever again debate whether Trump is a racist (not to mention a man of stupefying ignorance and insensitivity)?
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) October 13, 2018
Maybe listen to the whole speech? Read a transcript? Delete your account?
You're about to see a bunch of libs attack Trump about Robert E. Lee. Shockingly, it's all BS https://t.co/FCwuQHS9tx
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 13, 2018