Joe Biden, in his candidacy announcement, tried to convince people that Trump is at worst a white supremacist and at best a white supremacist sympathizer. Jim Acosta is happily touting that narrative.
Here’s the text of what Trump ACTUALLY said:
“…you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
He later added:
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
Even Jake Tapper is admitting that people are taking Trump’s words out of context, stating in a tweet: “He’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people.”
Tapper added that Trump was referring to protestors who did not want Confederate monuments removed and who were not a part of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
When Trump’s comments were discussed by Tapper on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the CNN host, who is often highly critical of Trump, admitted that the president was not referring to neo-Nazis and white supremacists when he made his “very fine people” comment. Trump stated at the time:
“And you had people — and I’m 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. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people. But you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group.”
“He’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people,” Tapper said, adding that Trump was referring to protestors who did not want Confederate monuments removed and who were not a part of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Still, many on the left continue to propagate this lie, twisting Trump’s words and misleading the public about what he actually said, in an attempt to support their preferred narrative that Trump is a white supremacist.
Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville in 2017 when he said there were “very fine people on both sides.”
He said the was talking about people who “felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not.” pic.twitter.com/fulPWpY4zC
— POLITICO (@politico) April 26, 2019
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