Trump campaign says Biden lied after Snopes debunks Charlottesville rally claim

"No, Trump Did Not Call Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists 'Very Fine People,'" read the headline of the Snopes fact check

Published: June 24, 2024 10:49am

Updated: June 24, 2024 10:51am

Former President Trump's 2024 campaign said that President Biden lied following Snopes debunking Biden and other Democrats' claims about Trump's 2017 press conference related to the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally. 

"The Charlottesville lie was another hoax perpetuated by the corrupt Democrats and their mouthpieces in the fake news media, just like the Hunter Biden laptop, the Russian collusion scandal and so many others, all in an attempt to smear President Trump. Joe Biden’s campaign must end any advertising that pushes this lie because President Trump has, once again, been proven right," said Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt, according Fox News.

The Snopes' fact check story said: "In a news conference after the rally protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue, Trump did say there were "very fine people on both sides," referring to the protesters and the counterprotesters. He said in the same statement he wasn't talking about neo-Nazis and white nationalists, who he said should be 'condemned totally.'"

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden often said that Trump hadn't denounced white suprematism, which found to be a false claim.

"He’s yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis. He hasn’t condemned a darn thing. He has given them oxygen. And that’s what’s going to continue to happen. That’s who this guy is," Biden said in February 2020.

The analysis points out that Trump had issued a statement from the White House where he referred to “KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."

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