When asked about his continued defense of white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Donald Trump invoked the name, Robert E. Lee. The president claimed that US Generals continuously tell him that they consider Lee to be their favorite General.
Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina found the president’s comments on Lee to be somewhat hypocritical. Clyburn told ABC host, George Stephanopoulos, that Trump isn’t supposed to be supportive of “losers.”
“He always said he hates losers,” the congressman said. “The president is now glorifying a loser,” Clyburn pointed out on Sunday. “Robert E. Lee was a loser. And even if you could get beyond that, at the end of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee asked all of his comrades to lay down their guns and to furrow those Confederate flags, and if my memory serves, ‘And put them in your attics.”
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A common excuse of those who glorify the Confederate General, is that he disliked the institution of slavery. Clyburn looked to correct that claim, “The fact of the matter is, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician, was not a great person. Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully, he lost that war.”
Clyburn was referring to Trump’s criticism of late war hero and Senator, John McCain. Trump had said of McCain’s experience as a POW and his election loss to Barack Obama, “So, I never liked him as much after that, because I don’t like losers.”
The president has yet to respond to the comments from the South Carolina Congressman.
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