‘Fact-checking’ website Snopes quietly admitted the truth about Donald Trump’s statement following the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The site admitted Trump never called neo-Nazis and white supremacists who attended the rally “very fine people.”

“No, then-President Donald Trump did not call neo-Nazis and white supremacists ‘very fine people’ in 2017. Speaking about a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, he said those groups should be ‘condemned totally,'” Snopes wrote.

X users responded to the admission:

From Snopes:

In spring 2024, social media posts re-surfaced raising questions about an infamous comment from former U.S. President Donald Trump related to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a confederate statue.

On Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, the so-called Unite the Right rally protesting the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park turned violent when neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others linked to far-right groups clashed with leftist counterprotesters. One self-identified white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring at least 19.

Richard B. Spencer and Jason Kessler — both white nationalists — planned the rally, and David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, attended.

In an Aug. 15 news conference, then-U.S. President Donald Trump was asked to comment on the event and famously said there were “very fine people on both sides.” This response received widespread backlash; many claimed Trump had put neo-Nazis and counterprotesters on the “same moral plane.”

Specifically, Trump’s critics claimed he called the neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the rally “very fine people.” This claim spread like wildfire, with then-presidential candidate Joe Biden making Trump’s comments on Charlottesville a cornerstone of his campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech that “nobody who breaks bread with antisemites like Nick Fuentes, and who called white supremacists in Charlottesville ‘very good people,’ or who, as was recently reported, said disgustingly that Hitler did some good things, has any right to lecture Jewish Americans about their personal political beliefs.”

Trump’s supporters have consistently claimed that he actually condemned the neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the rally.

We looked into these claims, and found that while Trump did say there were “very fine people on both sides,” meaning both the protesters and the counterprotesters, he also condemned neo-Nazis and white nationalists outright and said he was specifically referring to those who were there only to participate in the statue protest.


Fox News reports:

The Snopes fact check now aligns with years of arguments from Trump’s camp, who long stated, backed by transcript and video, that his comments were taken out of context. The fact-checker notes that the false claim about Trump’s comments “spread like wildfire” on the left, eventually being cited as a cornerstone of Biden’s election campaign.

When Biden released his 2020 campaign announcement video, the first words he said in it were “Charlottesville, Virginia.”

“The president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden claimed in the video. “And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”

Snopes’ ruling removes key ammunition from Biden’s arsenal just days before he and Trump are scheduled to meet in their first debate this week.

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