Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner for the upcoming November Presidential elections, has stated several times that Donald Trump’s statements after the Charlottesville event in 2016 have been a central motivator for his campaign. In fact, some claim that it was precisely those statements made by Trump, in which he allegedly called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “fine people,” that prompted Biden to hop into the Presidential ring.
However, Biden seems to have caught only a snippet of the current U.S. President’s statements on the event, as he later went on to denounce those very same groups:
“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides… 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… So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people — and 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. OK?”
And yet, even today, Joe Biden tweeted out:
“Time and time again, President Trump has refused to condemn white supremacy and stoked the flames of hate for political gain. It’s a pattern — and America deserves better.”
Whether Biden is aware of Trump’s continued denouncements is currently unclear, but perhaps what is most interesting about Biden’s claim, is that the organizer and central figure of the Unite the Right rally in 2016, Richard Spencer, is himself a Joe Biden supporter, and recently debated a prominent YouTuber on why Biden is a better choice than Donald Trump for him.