2018.10.12 Robert E. Lee
Trump does a speech in Ohio, on how great Ulysses S. Grant was (an Ohio native). And to do so, you mention the greatness of the foes he overcame: so in passing, he mentioning that Robert E. Lee was a great general... and was defeated by Grant. NBC spun that sentence fragment into a “WATCH: President Trump says ‘Robert E. Lee was a great general’ during Ohio rally, calling the Confederate leader ‘incredible.'” -- and creates a twitter and media storm about how tone deaf and racist Trump is. Only Trump said that Grant was the "incredible" one. It took NBC two days to quietly retract -- but, as usual, there are 3,000 retweets and 6,000 likes of the FakeNews before the correction, and the distracted are on to other things.
FakeNews is inventing a meme by omitting context and inventing "of course Trump loves the confederate General" through sloppy reporting. Also
- Robert E. Lee was a great General
- he gave up slaves before the war and before Grant did
- he spoke/wrote against the institution of Slavery
- he gave us Arlington Cemetery,
- he was a celebrated American general both before, during and after the Civil War.
So whether he was a Confederate or not, doesn't change what he was, despite the left's Stalin'esque efforts to whitewash history, or pretend that everyone from the South was bad, and everyone from the North was good.