For some reason Trump was asked about his 2017 Charlottesville comments this morning and he once again defended his comments.
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
In case you didn’t hear the question clearly, Trump was asked if he still says there were very fine people on both sides in Charlottesville.
This is actually really important because the media continues to lie about what he actually said, accusing him of praising the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
As pointed out by Steve Cortes at Real Clear Politics the other day, here’s the transcript of Trump’s comments from 2017:
“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.”
They point out that he went on to reiterate that he wasn’t talking about the Neo-Nazis:
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
As a man charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s often meandering and colloquial vernacular in highly adversarial TV settings, I appreciate more than most the sometimes-murky nature of his off-script commentaries. But these Charlottesville statements leave little room for interpretation. For any honest person, therefore, to conclude that the president somehow praised the very people he actually derided, reveals a blatant and blinding level of bias.
The problem is the media conflates the legitimate protesters with the White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis, and clearly Trump was not doing that. But the media continues to spread lies about what Trump actually said.