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Trump's praise of Robert E. Lee gets pushback from Minnesotans proud of state's role at Gettysburg


September 21, 2020

Alex Kormann - Star Tribune

During his speech Friday night in Bemidji, President Donald Trump praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee by saying: "He would have won, except for Gettysburg."

Standing in the heart of a state that has gloried in its role in helping save the Union at 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 trying to preserve 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."


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