Joe Biden Repeats the Charlottesville Lie
Both Facebook and Twitter have censored posts from President Donald Trump for allegedly spreading misinformation – but don’t count on them doing the same for Joe Biden.
That Trump called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in 2017 “very fine people” is a lie that has become canon on the left – and it’s one that requires an entire additional 30 seconds of context to disprove. Ironically it was Hitler’s propaganda minister who famously said that “if you tell a lie big enough and just keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” and that strategy has been employed here perfectly by the left.
Biden decided to repeat the lie in posts on Twitter and Facebook last night.
Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts. Our president said they were "very fine people."
It was clear then, and it's clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2020
While I’m no fan of Politifact, I’ll quote from their article on this claim because they have a fact checking partnership with Facebook. What Politifact says goes in the minds of Facebook’s censors – so it’ll be interesting to see if Biden receives any kind of warning for the claim. (I’m not counting on it).
According to the transcript from the otherwise awful Politifact, which published their fact check in response to Biden repeating the same claim in April 2019, the full exchange is as follows:
Reporter: “The neo-Nazis started this. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest –”
Trump: “Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — 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 as 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.”
Reporter: “George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same.”
Trump: “George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?”
Reporter: “I do love Thomas Jefferson.”
Trump: “Okay, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue?
“So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. 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.”