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Trump calls on blacks to 'honor' him with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee

Trump calls on blacks to 'honor' him with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee

President Donald Trump praised the Confederate general Robert E. Lee whilst asking African-American voters to "honor us" by voting for him at an Ohio rally which included an unexpected and provocative monologue on America's Civil War history.

Addressing an open-air rally of around 4,000 supporters, Trump appeared buoyant as he declared that Lee was a "true great fighter" and "great general." He also said Abraham Lincoln once had a "phobia" of the Southern leader, whose support of slavery has made his legacy a heavily contested and divisive issue.

The comments came during an anecdote about Ohio-born president Ulysses S. Grant's alleged...

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