A flashback of CNN’s Jake Tapper resurfaced Thursday after Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak questioned Joe Biden’s (D) decision to continuously repeat the fake news hoax that President Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people” following the Charlottesville riots.
Breitbart News confronted Biden, who has been using the “very fine people” hoax as a key part of his latest speeches, at the Iowa State Fair Thursday: “Mr. Vice President, are you aware that you’re misquoting Donald Trump in Charlottesville, he never called neo-Nazis ‘very fine people’?”
This exchange followed:
Joe Biden: No, he called all those folks who walked out of that — they were neo-Nazis. Shouting hate, their veins bulging.
Breitbart News: But he said specifically that he was condemning them.
Joe Biden: Not specifically.
Breitbart News: He said —
Joe Biden: No, he did not. He said, he walked out, and he said — let’s get this straight. He said there were “very fine people” in both groups. They’re chanting antisemitic slogans, carrying flags.
As Breitbart News has extensively reported, Trump did not refer to neo-Nazis as “very fine people”:
Trump specifically said, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
He used the phrase “very fine people” to refer to non-violent protesters, both left and right, on either side of the question of the removal of a Confederate statue.
In that same press conference, the president also specifically condemned the murder of Heather Heyer, calling it “terrorism” and “murder.”
At the time, Trump said:
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.
I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.
Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper admitted such in April.
“Now, elsewhere in those remarks, Trump did condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. So he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people,” he said.
Even CNN's Jake Tapper admits that President Donald Trump condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists: “He’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people” pic.twitter.com/2hy1rQp8nP
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 26, 2019
He is correct, according to CNN's Jake Tapper https://t.co/UDWlABOzYo
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) August 8, 2019
Why did you need to omit this? pic.twitter.com/k26qetCCmu
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 8, 2019
Politico correspondent Natasha Korecki tweeted out a partial video of the exchange, writing, “Up close confrontation at the Iowa state fair:this man accuses @JoeBiden of misquoting @realDonaldTrump on white supremacists — and Biden tears into him.” The tweet prompted some in the media to accuse Pollak and Breitbart News of “stanning for” white supremacists:
— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) August 8, 2019
Biden shuts up Breitbart lackey Joel Pollack….more pls https://t.co/PZdAaH9NZw
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) August 8, 2019
Joel Pollak from Breitbart peddling the dumbest conspiracy theory since the last one. https://t.co/4etZMuX77R
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) August 8, 2019
LOL, it's Joel Pollak. Someone really needs to explain to him that the white supremacists he's stanning for are not his friends. https://t.co/JcUV5E9XG9
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) August 8, 2019
lol. this "man" is troll who works at Breitbart https://t.co/P7VaqWl81A
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 8, 2019
The man who asked is Breitbart News senior editor at large Joel Pollak
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) August 8, 2019
That man is from Breitbart, an alt-right, pro-Trump media organization known for giving a platform to white supremacist ideas and those who espouse them. https://t.co/b8kPND29K7
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) August 8, 2019