President Trump’s lawyer forwarded an email Wednesday to conservative media outlets and government officials praising Confederate leader Robert E. Lee and comparing him to George Washington, according to a report.
John Dowd, who heads the President’s legal team, forwarded an email, with the subject “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville,” which outlined similarities between the two generals, the New York Times reported.
“Both owned slaves. Both rebelled against the ruling government. Both men’s battle tactics are still taught at West Point,” the email reads. “Both saved America. Both were great men, great Americans, and great commanders.”
Dowd forwarded the email obtained by the paper to a Homeland Security official, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and The Washington Times.
“You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men,” the email says.
The message was written by Jerome Almon, who runs several websites spreading conspiracy theories, including the notion that Islamist terrorists run the FBI, according to the Times.
The email comes after Trump delivered an off the rails press conference at Trump Tower Tuesday where he blamed “both sides” for the deadly weekend in Charlottesville.
Trump said some of those protesting the planned removal of Lee’s statue were “very fine people.”
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and several others were injured in the Charlottesville attack after 20-year-old James Fields rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally.
Trump also said: “This week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?”