Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis 'Fine People.' Here's Proof.
An enduring myth that Democrats will not allow to die is the one claiming that President Trump referred to neo-Nazis as "very fine people," and that there were "very fine people on both sides." This is a lie, constantly repeated so that Democrats can avoid addressing the Jew haters in their ranks. We've seen this tactic used recently when the wagons were being circled to protect Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. We're supposed to excuse any and all anti-Semitic comments, tweets, or incidents from these two, because Trump said . . . ! But these same people insist that Tlaib's and Omar's bigoted comments (that don't always mention Israel) are merely legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and that we should stop "weaponizing" anti-Semitism.
The myth is also used for plain old Trump bashing, But as Steve Cortes reports,
Just last week I exposed this falsehood, yet again, when CNN contributor Keith Boykin falsely stated, “When violent people were marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville, the president said they were ‘very fine people.’” When I objected and detailed that Trump’s “fine people on both sides” observation clearly related to those on both sides of the Confederate monument debate, and specifically excluded the violent supremacists, anchor Erin Burnett interjected, “He [Trump] didn’t say it was on the monument debate at all. No, they didn’t even try to use that defense. It’s a good one, but no one’s even tried to use it, so you just used it now.”
My colleagues seem prepared to dispute our own network’s correct contemporaneous reporting and the very clear transcripts of the now-infamous Trump Tower presser on the tragic events of Charlottesville. Here are the unambiguous actual words of President Trump:
“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and 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.”
After another question at that press conference, Trump became even more explicit:
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
There is more to the article. Read it. Get the whole story. But remember that as long as this lie is useful, and this one is a multi-purpose lie, it will continue to be spread. That's the way lies work.