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Campaign Press Release - FACT CHECK: After Charlottesville, President Trump Specifically and "Totally" Condemned "Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists"

September 29, 2020

Joe Biden has based his entire campaign on a debunked lie.

Joe Biden has repeatedly invoked the false claim that President Trump praised white supremacists in Charlottesville. As CNN's Jake Tapper has said, President Trump did not call neo-Nazis or white supremacists "very fine people."

  • CNN's Jake Tapper debunked this stating that President Trump did in fact condemn Neo-Nazi's at Charlottesville.

  • Fox News' Brit Hume debunked the "very fine people" lie.

  • FactCheck.org found that President Trump condemned white supremacy and Neo-Nazis.

  • In USA Today, James S. Robbins wrote that President Trump's "both sides" comments were "miscast" And "quickly became a tool to denounce the president and stoke racial division."

President Trump has repeatedly and specifically denounced racism, extremism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacists. Here are just a few examples:

  • TRUMP: "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil." (February 21, 2017)

  • TRUMP: "Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms." (April 11, 2017)

  • TRUMP: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America." (August 14, 2017)

  • TRUMP: "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division... I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence." (August 11, 2018)

  • TRUMP: "We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate. It must be defeated." (April 27, 2019)

Donald J. Trump, Campaign Press Release - FACT CHECK: After Charlottesville, President Trump Specifically and "Totally" Condemned "Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists" Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/344018

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