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Mon Sep 21, 2020, 06:03 AM

Trump's praise of Robert E. Lee startles Minnesotans proud of state's role at Gettysburg

Standing in the heart of a state that has long felt pride in its role in helping save the Union at the pivotal Civil War battle of Gettysburg, President Donald Trump extolled at length Friday the battle prowess of a seemingly odd hero -- Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Some Minnesota veterans and Civil War historians were surprised to hear the commander-in-chief lavish praise on a man who led the Confederacy's fight against Americans defending the Union.

"Had he won, we would be two countries," state Sen. Jerry Newton, a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and the Middle East, said Saturday. "That's just unconscionable for me, for him to make those statements."

Newton, a Coon Rapids DFLer, said the president praising Lee "hurt for those of us who have served and who have lost friends in the service."

Read more: https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/2020/09/20/trumps-praise-robert-e-lee-startles-minnesotans-proud-states-role-gettysburg/5844394002/
(St. Cloud Times)

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TexasTowelie Sep 21 OP
callous taoboy Sep 21 #1
Captain Zero Sep 21 #2
callous taoboy Sep 21 #3
WhiskeyGrinder Sep 21 #4
MaryMagdaline Sep 21 #5
dflprincess Sep 21 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 06:06 AM

1. Bet he had a moment and thought that he was in the deep south.

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Response to callous taoboy (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 07:12 AM

2. Maybe he was triggered by a confederate flag?

If it was one of his rallies, people all over show up with confed flags at them.

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Response to Captain Zero (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 07:51 AM

3. Good call.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 08:29 AM

4. He must have heard we have the 28th Virginia's battle flag, and got confused?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 09:44 AM

5. He has no respect for our sacred places

So much blood to keep the union in place. Arsonist wants to burn it all down.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 08:51 PM

6. I doubt if the crowd he was speaking to in Bemidji is aware of Minnesota's Civil War History.

But on behalf of my great-great-grandfather, a member of the 2nd Minnesota, I am offended.

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