James Clyburn SLAMS Trump for Praising ‘Loser’ General Robert E. Lee
House Majority Whip James Clyburn appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday where he criticized President Donald Trump for praising a “loser’ like the famed Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
On Friday, responding to reporter questions about his controversial comments in 2017 about the chaos in Charlottesville surrounding a Robert E. Lee statue there, President Trump called Lee a “great general.”
“Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals,” Trump said. “I’ve spoken to many generals here, right at the White House, and many people thought of the generals, they think that he was maybe their favorite general.”
Clyburn responded on Sunday, “I think he’s expressing what is in his heart. The fact of the matter is, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician, was not a great person.”
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“Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully he lost that war and I find it kind of interesting the president is now glorifying a loser. He always said that he hated losers. Robert E. Lee was a loser.”
“And even if you could get beyond that at the end of the civil war,” Clyburn continued, “Robert E. Lee asked all of his comrades to lay down their guns and to furl those Confederate flags, and if my memory serves and put them in your attics, so if the president is going to glorify Robert E. Lee, let’s at least be consistent about it.”
Make no mistake, Clyburn’s comments about Trump and Lee did not occur in a vacuum.
When Joe Biden announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, the former vice president focused on Trump’s Charlottesville comments. Implying that the president’s comments somehow fueled or encouraged the violence there, including the murder of protester Heather Heyer by a white nationalist. Biden said, “And that’s when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation.”
“Everything that’s made America America is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” Biden declared.
It goes without saying that both Biden and Clyburn are twisting Trump’s words to make it sound like he supports the racists who marched in Charlottesville, despite the fact that Trump denounced them outright.
Both Joe Biden and James Clyburn are outright lying about what President Trump actually said about that tragic day. But then again, this is nothing new for the Democratic Party.
Rep. James Clyburn on Pres. Trump praising Lee: "Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully, he lost that war. And I find it kind of interesting that the president is now glorifying a loser, he always said that he hated losers" https://t.co/Vh8H8NME6E pic.twitter.com/ouLrZe0uMb
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