Trump praises Robert E. Lee while denouncing statue’s removal in Virginia

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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried Virginia’s removal of a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state capital, sending out a historically inaccurate statement not unlike other racially charged messages he has issued.

“Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all,” Trump said in the statement. “President Lincoln wanted him to command the North, in which case the war would have been over in one day. Robert E. Lee instead chose the other side because of his great love of Virginia, and except for Gettysburg, would have won the war.”

“He should be remembered as perhaps the greatest unifying force after the war was over, ardent in his resolve to bring the North and South together through many means of reconciliation and imploring his soldiers to

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