Just one day after President Trump tweeted a damning montage of Joe Biden’s racist comments about Black people, the former Vice President took to Twitter to essentially say, “I know you are, I said you are, but what am I?”
In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Biden falsely accused President Trump of racism, suggesting he endorsed “white supremacy” following the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts,” Biden said.
“Our president said they were ‘very fine people.’ It was clear then, and it’s clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.”
Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts. Our president said they were "very fine people."— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2020
It was clear then, and it's clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.
Only, that’s not at all what President Trump said. The full quote, in its context reads:
“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 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. Okay? 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 helmets and with baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group.”
You’d think if President Trump was half the racist he was accused of being his opponents would have a little more than phony misquotations to throw at him. But of course, this was simply an attempt to deflect attention away from Biden’s own racist remarks which President Trump recently noted.
Now we can add to the list Biden’s racist belief that African-American people are too stupid to consider a quote in its proper context. Then again, maybe Robin Williams has a simpler and more accurate explanation:
Robin Williams on "Ramblin' Joe Biden." pic.twitter.com/qjlfpo38U1— Caldron Pool (@CaldronPool) August 10, 2020