Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) doubled down Thursday, telling NBC News that President Trump is, unequivocally, a white supremacist and used debunked narratives – including the “very fine people” hoax – to back up her egregious claims.
Warren told the New York Times that Trump is a white supremacist and proudly repeated her answer on Twitter later in the day.
“Today I was asked whether the president is a white supremacist,” she wrote. “I said yes”:
Today I was asked whether the president is a white supremacist. I said yes.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 8, 2019
She doubled down, defending her answer by listing a series of debunked fake news narratives, including what has been dubbed the “very fine people” hoax.
“I gave an honest answer,” Warren said of her previous decision to call Trump a white supremacist. “He’s a man who cozies up to the white supremacists. He calls them ‘fine fellows.'”
“He’s talked about trying to get brown people and black people out of this country. He’s talked about shithole countries. This is what he’s done – the wink and a nod, and he can’t have it both ways,” Warren continued.
“He can’t keep trying to stir this up – give aid and comfort, be embraced by the white supremacists – and then say, ‘Ah, but not me.’ No. He’s responsible. He’s the President of the United States,” she added:
Despite popular belief, the president never called neo-Nazis “very fine people.” Rather, he called racism “evil” and said extremist groups – such as the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists – “should be condemned totally.”
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.
Warren is not the only candidate to continue to mislead the American people with the false narrative. Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak questioned Joe Biden (D) about it at the Iowa State Fair Thursday in a video that went viral. The exchange was as follows:
Breitbart News: Mr. Vice President, are you aware that you’re misquoting Donald Trump in Charlottesville? He never called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”
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.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Beto O’Rourke (D), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have also played significant roles in spreading the hoax, as Breitbart News documented.