President Joe Biden repeated the Charlottesville ‘good people hoax’ at his ‘unity summit’ on Thursday, falsely claiming then-President Donald Trump called neo-Nazis ‘very good people’ “. Trump said they should be “totally condemned”.
Biden spoke after Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the leftist protester who was murdered by a neo-Nazi during the Charlottesville unrest in August 2017.
There were peaceful protests on both sides over whether to remove a statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, but these were overtaken by far-right groups and rioters of the left who clashed in the streets. Heyer was murdered when a neo-Nazi deliberately drove his car into a peaceful left-wing protest.
President Trump has issued three statements on the violence. In the first, he condemned violence from “all sides”. In the second, he specifically condemned neo-Nazi groups, white supremacists and the KKK. In the third, at a press conference, he said there had been “some very good people” in Charlottesville, but clarified he was referring to peaceful protesters like Heyer. He specifically said, “I am not talking about neo-Nazis and white nationalists, because they should be totally condemned.
The “good people hoax” has been publicly debunked many times: for example, by then-Vice President Mike Pence during the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate; and again in the second impeachment trial of (then) former President Trump.
Nevertheless, Biden again repeated the hoax – a hoax that has, arguably, increased hatred and disunity in the country, as it falsely associates Trump supporters with neo-Nazis, white supremacists and violent extremists, poisoning the political debate.
Biden seemed to repeat the same script he had used since launching his campaign — a standard script about Charlottesville that he memorized and repeated speech after speech, even after being confronted with the truth of what Trump actually said:
Video of my confrontation with@JoeBidenabout the Charlottesville “Very Good People” hoax. Note that he still uses the same script (bulging veins, etc.) as if he were trained to recite it. Media has covered this but none are linked to the transcript of Trump’s remarks which proves Biden is lying 8/8/19 pic.twitter.com/6WD6q1Yhy8
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) August 13, 2020
After recounting his familiar portrayal of neo-Nazis, Biden said that after Heyer’s murder, “When the last guy was asked, ‘What do you think?’ there were good people on both sides.” There were groans in the audience.
Biden also linked the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Charlottesville. He called the “unity summit” to rally supporters against so-called “MAGA Republicans,” whom Biden recently called a “threat to the country” in a primetime speech.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.