CNN’S Jake Tapper: Trump ‘did not say neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people’ but it doesn’t matter

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For two years the media have falsely accused President Donald Trump of referring to white supremacists and neo-Nazis as “very fine people.” On Friday CNN host Jake Tapper finally dispelled this lie, telling a panel of CNN guests and contributors that Trump had said no such thing.

“[T]he president did condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. So he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people,” the host rightly stated. “But he is saying people protesting alongside those neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people. Who are they?”


Recall that following the “Unite the Right” rally two years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists and Neo-nazis duked it out with far-left Antifa thugs, the president delivered a statement in which he noted that, despite the presence of evil people, and despite the tragedy that took the life of young activist Heather Heyer, there had been some “very fine people” at the event.

These remarks reemerged this week after Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden trotted out the “very fine people” canard in his 2020 announcement advertisement Thursday to smear the president as a racist who aligns with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Trump responded shortly thereafter by trying again to explain his remarks. In response, CNN chief White House correspondent and loudmouth Jim Acosta tried to fact-check him:

But as Tapper rightly noted, the claim that the president had been referring to the white supremacists and neo Nazis as “very fine people” is a lie, plain and simple.

That being said, Tapper continued the discussion by questioning the validity of the president’s assertion, saying, “He referred to the people protesting with the Nazis, and I don’t know who are the good people there. … At what point were there good people there?”

Far-left activist Tara Setmayer, a CNN commentator who believes it’s OK to disparage black conservatives as “Uncle Toms” and “c–ns,” then referred to the good people as “phantom good people.”

Yet there’s nothing phantomatic about Michelle Piercy, a Kansas woman and proud conservative who was interviewed by The New York Times only days after the rally.

“Good people can go to Charlottesville,” she said at the time, explaining that she’d chosen to drive to the rally with her friends to protest the planned removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

“After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends — all gun-loving defenders of free speech, she said, who had no interest in standing with Nazis or white supremacists: ‘It’s almost like he talked to one of our people,'” the Times reported.

But apparently, Piercy doesn’t exist to either Tapper or Setmayer. Nor do the left-wing Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs who appeared at the far-right event and subsequently attacked rallygoers.

One example can be seen below:

A couple days before the “Unite the Right” rally’s anniversary in Washington, D.C., in August of 2018, these same thugs marched in Charlottesville and this time proceeded to attack cops and reporters.

At the time CNN, NBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and other demonstrably far-left outlets ignored these attacks, choosing instead to focus on the upcoming second rendition of the “Unite the Right” rally.

These outlets also ignored footage that showed the left-wing thugs assaulting a local police officer. Fast forward to the 20 second mark in the video below to see the footage for yourself:


Dovetailing back to the original rally, here are the remarks Trump had made afterward.

“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 that were there to protest the taking down of, — to them — a very, very important statute,” he’d accurately said at the time.

“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he said, adding that “there’s blame on both sides,” he’d rightly added.

He’s faced nonstop criticism since that day because, one, he’d dared to rightly note that there had been good people protesting the removal of Confederate statues, and two, he’d dared to point out that there had likewise been “bad” people on both sides.

And as evidenced by the discussion Friday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the media continue to smear the president, much to the chagrin of those Americans who value the truth.



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