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.
NBC News did not bother to include Trump's full comments when it tweeted that Trump was calling General Lee, the commander of the Confederate States Army, "incredible".
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". 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.
"I encourage you to continue to be the people that God has called us to be, those people who are so enraged with holy anger that we do not sit by and let this happen."
NBC's correction comes after Trump skewered the network on Sunday morning for distorting his speech. But he made the statement in the context of talking about how hard it was for President Abraham Lincoln to defeat him. Trump went on to say how Grant beat him and was, of course, from Ohio.
View the president's comments on Lee and Grant below.
Almost two days later, following Trump's tweet condemning NBC News, the outlet tweeted its correction, which included the full clip of his Lee-Grant story. "Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies".
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.
Left-wing politicians made full use of NBC's fake news.
"Trump praises Robert E. Lee during OH rally", an article on Politico said. 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. The correction was tweeted on Sunday at 2:23 p.m. ET - more than 40 hours later and hours after Trump had tweeted about the error. "And he's finally being recognized as a great general". Only 27 percent of respondents believed the statues should be removed. Trump continued with his praise of Grant, and repeated again that both Lee and Grant were great generals, and said to the OH audience of Grant "he came from right here".
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", Trump said in August.