FACT CHECK! Joe Biden Comes Right Out Of The Gate Lying About Trump
As Joe Biden announced his running for president in the upcoming election, he released a video to do so.
In this video, he takes a couple of shots at President Trump, but there is one in particular that stands out. It's one that Biden wants to stand out and make people think, "Oh gosh, how could he have said that."
So at around the 1:10 mark in Biden's video he says that President Trump made a shocking statement about some neo-Nazis. Biden said,
"And that’s when we heard the words of the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were, quote, some “very fine people on both sides.” Very fine people on both sides? With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate, and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew that the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime."
Watch the video.
The problem is, Biden ripped this completely out of context and he knows it. President Trump wasn't referring to the Nazis or white nationalists at all. He was referring to the people at the rallies that preceded the riots where groups met over removing Confederate statues.
Here is the transcript in context. Read for yourself what President Trump was saying,
REPORTER: The neo-Nazis started this thing. They showed up in Charlottesville.
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 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: Oh no, 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, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? Okay, good. Are we going to take down his statue? He was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue? 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 too.
If Biden is already being this dishonest, what do you think you can expect from him going forward? The same exact thing.
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