Trump: Robert E. Lee was a "great general, whether you like it or not"

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Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday that Robert E. Lee was "a great general, whether you like it or not," continuing his praise for a Confederate figure whose statue was at the heart of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The big picture: Trump has long defended Confederate statues around the South, calling them part of "the history and culture of our great country" and comparing Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in a 2017 tweetstorm just after the events in Charlottesville.

Go deeper: Dozens of Confederate statues have been removed since the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally

Georgia governor candidate burned state’s Confederate-inspired flag

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A story about Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams participating at a 1992 burning of the state's Confederate-inspired flag is resurfacing in the final days of the contest for Georgia's governor’s mansion, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The Republican candidate for governor, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is white, has called previous protests of Confederate symbols attempts to "rewrite" the past and has sought to quash the movement to remove Confederate statues. The version of the flag burned in 1992 was adopted in 1956, during the Civil Rights movement. Abrams, who would be the first black female governor in the U.S. if elected, favors removing the statues.