Descendant Of Robert E. Lee Responds To Trump’s Comments About Confederate General
A descendant of Robert E. Lee on Saturday responded to Donald Trump’s praise of the Confederate general, saying that he was “disheartened” to hear the president laud the racist commander as “a great general” during a campaign rally Friday in Lebanon, Ohio.
“Last night I was disheartened to hear Donald Trump, our president, make comments about Robert E. Lee as a great general, as an honorable man. These were far from the true,” Robert Lee IV said in a video he posted on Twitter on Saturday.
He added: “Yet again, the president is lying and showing us his true colors. He’s showing us that he supports an idol of white supremacy and hatred.”
Trump prompted immediate backlash during the rally after saying Lee was a “great general” and claiming that former President Abraham Lincoln had “developed a phobia” because “he couldn’t beat Robert E. Lee.”
“He was going crazy. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle. And Abraham Lincoln came home, he said, ‘I can’t beat Robert E. Lee,” Trump said.
Robert Lee IV said “Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies. It was for state’s rights, yes, but it was for state’s rights to own slaves.”
“I found myself saddened by the state of our nation but I’m encouraged. I’m encouraged because we are going to work to end this,” he added.
“We are going to vote. We are going to show Donald Trump that white supremacy has no place in any parlors of our government,” said Robert Lee IV, who is the great-great-great-great-nephew of the Confederate commander.
Watch his response to Trump in the video below:
— Rev. Rob Lee (@roblee4) October 13, 2018
Robert Lee IV has spoken out against his ancestor before. During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, he captured media attention after he called Robert E. Lee “an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate.” At the time, he said, it was his “moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.”
Trump sparked widespread backlash last year following a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., saying that white nationalist protesters were there to oppose the removal of a “very, very important” statue.