Predicating his entire 2020 White House run on unsubstantiated allegations of racism directed at President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden continues to hang onto misquoting the president, insisting he called neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people,” – a hoax that has long since been debunked by official transcripts.
Regardless, Biden holds onto any race card he can while grasping for ways to attack the president – using the latest shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to revamp his racial accusations against Trump and shift his gun control agenda up a notch.
“The claim, known to conservative critics as the ‘Charlottesville hoax’ or the ‘very fine people’ hoax, is a core part of Biden’s stump speech, and a staple for many other Democratic presidential contenders as well,” Breitbart News reported. “It is a key piece of ‘evidence’ cited to support the claim that Trump is a racist who is inciting mass shootings.”
Holding onto the hoax
Running out of fresh attacks while stumping on the “Political Soapbox” at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Biden resorted to misquoting Trump once again, alleging that he called neo-Nazis “very fine people” in the wake of the racial tension flareup in Charlottesville, North Carolina, over a Civil War monument.
“Charlottesville – that hate and that venom that we saw, and then the president saying, when asked about the groups … as well as the young woman, when she was killed, he said there were very fine people in both groups – very fine people,” Biden goaded the Iowa crowd, according to Breitbart. “No president – sitting president – has ever said something like that, and the only thing that’s happened is it’s gotten worse.”
However, the frontrunning Democratic presidential primary candidate is consummately wrong – choosing to use a misquote that has long since been debunked by the media (via transcripts) while conveniently omitting the actual words that Trump used to stress who he was not including in his “very fine people” remark:
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally,” Trump emphasized, according to the full transcript published by Politico on August 15, 2018.
Trump’s words that were deliberately taken out of context – that preceded his clarification on the transcript in his discussion with the reporter – are as follows:
“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,” Trump explained. “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.”
But instead of appealing to the facts and transcripts, Biden took to his party’s old playbook – ridden with race cards and inciting more racial tensions against the president in order to peddle for the minority vote and spur more animosity against Republicans from the left.
Exposing the lie
Biden was called out for feeding into more racial divisions based on a lie Thursday, when the conservative media took to Twitter to expose the vice president known for his seemingly incessant gaffs and for stumbling over words.
“Here is the video of Trump saying it: ‘I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally,’” the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra tweeted Thursday. “Joe Biden denies that this happened.”
Apparently, only leftists and anti-Trump circles striving to keep racial tensions flaming – including Biden – still embrace the debunked lie.
“He used the phrase ‘very fine people’ to refer to non-violent protesters – both left and right – on either side of the question of the removal of a Confederate statue,” Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak pointed out. “In that same press conference, the president also specifically condemned the murder of Heather Heyer, calling it ‘terrorism’ and ‘murder.’”
Bringing his repeated flaw of misquoting the president to light, Breitbart confronted Biden.
“Mr. Vice President, are you aware that you’re misquoting Donald Trump in Charlottesville – he never called neo-Nazis ‘very fine people?’” Breitbart news asked the former vice president.
Biden outrightly denied the facts, conjuring up his own account of the incident.
“No, he called all those folks who walked out of that – they were neo-Nazis … shouting hate, their veins bulging,” Biden protested to the Breitbart reporter, adding to his race-war inciting rhetoric.
The conservative reporter came right back by presenting the facts to the 2020 Democratic candidate, emphasizing that Trump clearly rebuked the neo-Nazis and white supremacists involved in the altercation.
“But he said specifically that he was condemning them,” Breitbart News insisted.
Biden retorted by leaning on his over-generalization.
“Not specifically,” he protested.
Then Breitbart News quoted Trump’s very words for Biden to hear, to which he responded with another denial of the facts, holding to his debunked story.
“No, he did not,” Biden told Breitbart. “He said, he walked out, and he said – let’s get this straight – he said there were ‘very fine people’ in both groups. They’re chanting anti-Semitic slogans, carrying flags.”
Natasha Korecki, of Politico – the leftist media site that transcribed Trump’s very words two years ago – took to Twitter to report on the exchange she witnessed between Biden and the Breitbart reporter.
“Up close confrontation at the Iowa State Fair: this man accuses @JoeBiden of misquoting @realDonaldTrump on white supremacists – and Biden tears into him,” Korecki tweeted Thursday.
Many members of the mainstream media concede that Trump did not commend racists in his comment, yet leftist news hubs such as CNN continue – like Biden – to rehash a lie in order to raise more dissentients against the president with the 2020 presidential election just over a year away.
“Others who have refuted the ‘very fine people’ hoax include CNN contributor Steve Cortes and Dilbert creator Scott Adams,” Pollak noted. “Even CNN’s Jake Tapper has admitted that Trump did not say that, but the network continues to quote Trump as if he did.”