President Joe Biden reached into his bag and pulled out the tired and disproven “very fine people” Charlottesville hoax this week. The interview with the Associated Press was the reclusive president’s first in months and first to the AP as president.
The accusation is that former President Donald Trump praised neo-Nazis in the 2017 Charlottesville riot as “very fine people.” Biden repeatedly says this incident inspired him to run for the highest office — again.
The president told the interviewer that “this other guy” said there were “good people on both sides” in praise of neo-Nazis and White supremacists. This horrific statement, Biden claims, pulled him away from teaching at Penn and into the White House.
Only, the claim that Trump said that about neo-Nazis is false. Demonstrably false.
The “Unite The Right” rally began over leftists wanting to remove a historic statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park. Trump did in fact call Lee “a great general,” a sentiment shared by countless military experts and historians.
A mixed group of protesters met with counterprotesters at the site and there were the inevitable clashes. One woman was killed when a defender of the statue drove his car into a crowd.
Within days of the violence, the left-wing media went into a frenzy about Trump’s “coddling” neo-Nazis and White supremacists. The truth is, and it’s in black and white for anyone who cares to see, that Trump forcefully denounced the neo-Nazis and nationalists.
The former president acknowledged that many people were at the protest to oppose taking down the important statue and renaming the park for someone other than Lee. He said there was blame to be had on both sides and there were fine people on both sides.
Trump made it very clear that he was “not talking about the neo-Nazis and the White nationalists.” Rather, he referred to those present upset about the push to destroy monuments.
He called out the clear though often ignored fact that the violent Antifa radicals showed up with helmets and baseball bats. Trump added that “you had a lot of bad people in the other group too.”
Later in the interview, Trump answered another question by repeating that “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
Despite crystal-clear evidence to the contrary, the media ran with the narrative that Donald Trump sided with neo-Nazis. Further, citizen Biden used it as his origin story on the way to becoming President Biden. Only, the basis is simply false.