Let’s start with the fact – and it is a fact no matter how many times the lie is told – that Donald Trump did not call the nazi wannabes and white supremacists (often one and the same) who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people”.
I have put up the actual transcript of what he said numbers of times on this blog, in which he specifically denounces them, then makes it clear the “very fine people” comment referenced supporters of keeping a statue of Robert E. Lee in place. (more on that later). But just in case there’s anyone left who did not see it, click here and you’ll know what actually was said.
The reason I bring this up now is that I have read two takes on a weekend interview CNN’s Jake Tapper conducted with Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
One of them, from breitbart.com, shows us Tapper’s relevant quote:
“Now, elsewhere in those remarks, Trump did condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. So he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people.”
And the other, from mediaite.com, uses part of the same quote, leaves out the rest, and uses that partial to suggest Tapper did not acknowledge what Trump actually said:
Tapper has conceded that in addition to saying there were “very fine people” among the Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Trump also condemned the groups by name elsewhere in his original remarks, but told Conway “I don’t know who he was talking about.”
I guess the writer, Tommy Christopher, is hoping readers do not click on the video of this interview he himself provided, and see/hear Tapper unequivocally admit Trump’s reference was not to either group – along with Tapper’s claim that “I’ve been saying this the whole time…” Use the above link, start at about 1:30 of the interview for context, and see/hear for yourself.
Regarding Mr. Tapper’s claim that he’s been acknowledging what Trump actually said “the whole time”…have you, Jake? Then maybe you’d like to give a heads-up to the rest of your pals at CNN, who continue to pretend the exact opposite.
And now we come, interestingly enough, to Joe Biden – who used the Charlottesville lie as a major component in his first campaign ad.
Not only was that ad based on the “very fine people” lie, but – and this is one that I’m sure he would love voters to forget – as a young U.S. Senator, in 1975, Joe Biden voted to restore Robert E. Lee’s citizenship.
So what we have here is the 2019 Joe Biden lying about President Trump’s “very fine people” statement, and simultaneously hoping you never find out that he voted in favor of restoring citizenship to the person Trump was actually talking about; Robert E. Lee.
Oh what a tangled web we weave……