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Fact checker admits Trump never called neo-Nazis ‘very fine people’

The left-leaning fact-checking website Snopes confirmed Saturday that former President Trump never called neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a press conference following the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

Critics of Trump have long argued that after the incident he equated neo-Nazis with dissidents.

President Biden has been leading among the critics, citing the incident as a key reason for launching his 2020 campaign.

“Trump said that ‘there are very fine people on both sides,’ but clarified that he was not talking about neo-Nazis or white supremacists, who he said ‘should be completely condemned,’ so we’ve rated the claim ‘False,'” Snopes wrote.

The Snopes fact check dovetails with long-standing claims by the Trump campaign, which has long maintained, based on recordings and video, that Trump’s comments were taken out of context.

The fact checker noted that the false claim about Trump’s comments “spread like wildfire” among those on the left and was eventually cited as a linchpin in Biden’s campaign.


Snopes said Donald Trump did not praise the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Reuters

When Biden released his 2020 campaign announcement video, the first words he uttered were “Charlottesville, Virginia.”

“The president of the United States created moral parity between those who spread hate and those with the courage to stand up against it,” Biden said in the video, “and in that moment I knew the threat to this country was unlike anything I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”

The Snopes ruling removes important ammunition from Biden’s arsenal. And Trump The first debate is scheduled to take place this week.


A white supremacist man holding a long pipe during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a state of emergency.
The Charlottesville protests were made up of white supremacists and other members of the alt-right. LightRocket via Getty Images

The two are scheduled to face off in a CNN-hosted televised debate in Atlanta on Thursday.

Biden has been holed up at Camp David over the weekend preparing for the debate.

Meanwhile, Trump is set to continue campaigning before heading to Atlanta later this week.

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