Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has spent a lot of time falsely claiming that President Donald Trump referred to white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville were “very fine people” in August 2017.
That is a false claim that has been debunked many times. Trump was referring to people on both sides of the issue of removing the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, those who wanted to pull it down and those who for a variety of reasons were against that, while explicitly making it clear that he was not referring to the Neo-Nazis or white supremacists.
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper debunked it.
“He’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people,” Tapper said, noting he was talking about the monument supporters and protesters, not the neo-Nazis.
But that hasn’t stopped Biden from claiming it. Indeed, he contended that was one of the reasons he was running for president in his announcement speech.
From Daily Wire:
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 the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.
Now, an old video has been discovered which is all the more ironic because of Biden’s falsehoods.
The video is from 1993 during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In it, Biden praises a pro-confederacy group who display the Confederate flag as “fine people.”
Joe Biden called the United Daughters Of The Confederacy "an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag." pic.twitter.com/uWRNUCU4sO
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 8, 2019
Biden made the remarks while responding to comments from another Senator on the Judiciary Committee about a speech that Democratic Senator Howell Heflin delivered on the floor of the Senate.
Biden said [emphasis added], “I, too, heard that speech and, for the public listening to this, the Senator made a very moving and eloquent speech, as a son of the Confederacy, acknowledging that it was time to change and yield to a position that Senator Carol Moseley-Braun raised on the Senate floor, not granting a Federal charter to an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.”
Biden has a history of questionable comments when it comes to race.
Among the comments, he infamously claimed to a mostly black audience while campaigning that the GOP wants to “put y’all back in chains.” He also referred to Barack Obama, “I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story-book, man.” Speaking about Indian-Americans, he said, “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. It’s a point. I’m not joking!”