Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is only a day old, but it’s already having serious trouble.
The former vice president was given a new nickname by President Donald Trump — Sleepy Joe — and an “apology” phone call to Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill did not exactly go well.
Biden has also been taking heat from conservatives for comments made in a video announcing his candidacy. In it, Biden says Donald Trump called white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 “very fine people.” The neo-Nazi rally ended in one death.
Biden’s “very fine people” lie is one that continues to be spread by the left. The president never called white supremacists “very fine people.” His line was in reference to people at the march, disconnected from the torch-carrying neo-Nazis, who were protesting the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
Asked about the “very fine people” comment by press outside the White House on Friday, Trump responded, “Oh, I’ve answered that question and if you look at what I said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly.”
The president went on to call Lee a “a great general, whether you like it or not.”
He added, “I’ve spoken to many generals here, right here at the White House, and many people thought of the generals they think that he was maybe their favorite general. People were there protesting the taking down of the monument of Robert E. Lee, everybody knows that.”
You can check out Trump’s comments for yourself below:
President Trump on Charlottesville: "I've answered that question and if you look at what I said you will see that that question was answered perfectly, and I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general." pic.twitter.com/F07pO8V4pJ
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 26, 2019
Biden claims the events in Charlottesville are his main motivation for running for president.
Detailing the events from August 2017 in his campaign video, Biden says neo-Nazis in Charlottesville were “met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued.” This statement is already problematic since violent Antifa members were also present in Charlottesville.
Biden continued, “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 every seen in my lifetime.”
Check out the campaign video below:
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Biden’s statement is false because the president did call out neo-Nazis in his response and his “very fine people on both sides” comment referred to both protestors against racism and those showing up to support the Lee statue remaining up.
Following the events in Charlottesville, a reporter said to the president that “neo-Nazis” kicked off the violence in the town and Trump responded by saying, “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.”
Moments later, the president made it clear that he stands against racism.
“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?” said Trump. “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.”
Those statements from the president don’t really match up with Biden’s view of things.
Talking to the press on Friday, Trump also called out Biden for lacking youthful energy.
Q: "How old is too old to be president."
President Trump: "Well I just feel like a young man. I'm so young. I can't believe it. I'm the youngest person — I am a young vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don't know about him." pic.twitter.com/AYcZtA0b5J
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 26, 2019
Asked how old is too old to be president, Trump said, “Well I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.” Joe Biden is 76 years old. Donald Trump is 72.
The president went on to say he would never say anyone is “too old,” but the Democrat candidates are making him “look very young, both in terms of age and, I think, in terms of energy.”