Left-wing fact checker admits that Trump did not call neo-Nazis 'very fine people'

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 June 24, 2024

For the past seven years, former President Donald Trump has denied allegations that he praised neo-Nazis following a 2017 riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Yet in a surprising development, the left-leaning fact check website Snopes recently vindicated Trump's claim.

Trump said neo-Nazis "should be condemned totally"

According to Breitbart, Snopes put out an article this past Friday which addressed the claim that Trump characterized white supremacists as being "very fine people."

Snopes observed that Trump did say at a press conference that there were "very fine people on both sides" at a protest over the removal of a confederate statue.

However, the then-president clarified that he was "not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally."

"But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly," Trump went on to declare.

Joe Biden used Charlottesville hoax to launch campaign

Snopes concluded by stating, "In sum, while Trump did say that there were 'very fine people on both sides,' he also specifically noted that he was not talking about neo-Nazis and white supremacists and said they should be 'condemned totally.' Therefore, we have rated this claim 'False.'"

Breitbart pointed out that the false depiction of Trump's comments has been repeatedly used by Democrats for the better part of a decade.

The hoax featured prominently in President Joe Biden's announcement in 2019 that he was launching a White House run.

"And that's when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation," Biden said of the Charlottesville riot in a campaign video.

"He said there were, quote, 'Some very fine people on both sides.' Very fine people on both sides? With those words, the president of the United States assigned moral equivalency between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it," Biden continued.

Op-ed accused Trump of giving "comfort and support" to white supremacists

Those words echoed similar comments which Biden made in a 2017 op-ed for The Atlantic titled, "We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation."

"Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate," he wrote.

"We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support," Biden added.

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