So the media were positively salivating when Trump, holding a campaign rally in OH on Friday, began talking about Civil War generals.
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. "And he's finally being recognized as a great general", Trump told the crowd.
Later in his speech, Trump said that Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States and Commanding General of the Army during the Civil War, was also was a "great general", and that he "knocked the hell out of everyone". "Was actually a shoutout to warrior Grant and the great state in which he was born", he wrote on Twitter Sunday. He couldn't beat Robert E Lee.
Grant was born in OH, and went on to become the country's 19th president after the Civil War.
Lee also reflected on how Trump's words fit into the larger state of American politics and culture. Though Trump has supported preserving statues commemorating Confederate leaders, including Lee, Twitter users were quick to point out that the president's speech Friday focused on Grant's victory over Lee. "But Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle".
Trump did indeed say that Lee was an incredible general. "They said to Lincoln, "You can't use him anymore, he's an alcoholic" and Lincoln said, 'I don't care if he's an alcoholic, frankly, get me six or seven just like him'". And President Trump has maintaining Confederate Monuments, and praised Confederate figures himself.
Trump, at least, was magnanimous, thanking NBC for the correction.
After NBC News originally put out the incorrect tweet, Trump slammed the station in a tweet of his own.
"NBC News has totally and purposely changed the point and meaning of my story about General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses Grant", he wrote in a tweet on October 14. "And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia".
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", Trump said to laughter.