During a controversial speech in Philadelphia last week, President Joe Biden accused MAGA Republicans of representing “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
Biden double down on that theme at a Pittsburgh Labor Day event when he attempted to link former President Donald Trump with Nazis.
Biden accuses Trump of praising Nazis
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” a White House transcript quoted Biden as saying. “This is a totally different party, man. These guys are different.”
“I’ve worked with a lot of Republicans — conservative Republicans I worked with,” the president asserted. “Got a lot done. And we — but it was always — there was always something decent about the work.”
Biden then recalled the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia which culminated with a man crashing his car into a crowd of demonstrators. According to Fox News, that attack left one person dead and 19 others injured.
“But then we moved to this place where, all of a sudden, the reason that made me run — I decided — it was when you saw those people come out of the fields down in Virginia carrying torches — literally coming out of the fields carrying torches, with swastikas, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile that was chanted in — literally the same anti-Semitic bile chanted in Germany in the ‘30s accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan,” Biden recalled.
“And the guy that I beat in this elect- — last election — when they asked what did he thought, he said there were really fine people on both sides,” the president alleged.
“I said, ‘Something is really wrong. Something is changing.’ And that’s when I talked to Tom and others about helping me out. They decided to help me out,” he claimed.
Transcript shows Trump said Nazis “should be condemned totally”
In fact, Real Clear Politics contributor Steve Cortes pointed to a transcript of Trump’s remarks following the tragedy which showed that he unequivocally denounced Nazis.
After saying that there were “fine people” at the event, Trump clarified that he was “not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
Cortes pointed out that Trump later went on to reiterate that message two days later at a press briefing in Washington.
“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said.