Trump Did not Name Neo-Nazis ‘Wonderful Folks.’ This is Proof.


Information anchors and pundits have repeated lies about Donald Trump and race so usually that a few of these narratives appear true, even to People who embrace the fruits of the president’s insurance policies.  Probably the most pernicious and pervasive of those lies is the “Charlottesville Hoax,” the fake-news fabrication that he described the neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 as “fantastic individuals.” 

Simply final week I uncovered this falsehood, but once more, when CNN contributor Keith Boykin falsely acknowledged, “When violent individuals have been marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville, the president stated they have been ‘very fantastic individuals.’” After I objected and detailed that Trump’s “fantastic individuals on each side” remark clearly associated to these on each side of the Accomplice monument debate, and particularly excluded the violent supremacists, anchor Erin Burnett interjected, “He [Trump] didn’t say it was on the monument debate in any respect.  No, they didn’t even attempt to use that protection. It’s a great one, however nobody’s even tried to make use of it, so that you simply used it now.” 

My colleagues appear ready to dispute our personal community’s appropriate contemporaneous reporting and the very clear transcripts of the now-infamous Trump Tower presser on the tragic occasions of Charlottesville.  Listed here are the unambiguous precise phrases of President Trump:

“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and also you had some very unhealthy individuals in that group.  However you additionally had those that have been very fantastic individuals on each side.  You had individuals in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I noticed the identical photos you probably did.  You had individuals in that group that have been there to protest the taking down of, to them, a really, essential statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to a different identify.”

After one other query at that press convention, Trump grew to become much more express:

“I’m not speaking in regards to the neo-Nazis and white nationalists as a result of they need to be condemned completely.” 

As a person charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s usually meandering and colloquial vernacular in extremely adversarial TV settings, I respect greater than most the sometimes-murky nature of his off-script commentaries.  However these Charlottesville statements go away little room for interpretation.  For any sincere particular person, subsequently, to conclude that the president in some way praised the very individuals he really derided, reveals a blatant and blinding stage of bias. 

Nonetheless, numerous so-called journalists have furthered this damnable lie.  For instance, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace responded that Trump had “given secure harbor to Nazis, to white supremacists.”  Her NBC colleague Chuck Todd claimed Trump “gave me the flawed form of chills. Truthfully, I’m a bit shaken from what I simply heard.” To not be outdone, print additionally acquired in on the act, with the New York Instances spewing the blatantly propagandist headline: “Trump Offers White Supremacists Unequivocal Increase.” How may the Instances presumably reconcile that Trump, who admonished that the supremacists must be “condemned completely” in some way additionally delivered an “unequivocal increase” to these exact same miscreants?

However like many pretend information narratives, repetition has helped cement this one into a fairly believable storyline for all however probably the most skeptical shoppers of reports.  In reality, over the weekend, Fox Information host Chris Wallace pressed White Home Chief of Workers Mick Mulvaney on why Trump has not given a speech “condemning … white supremacist bigotry.”  Properly, Chris, he has, and greater than as soon as.  Probably the most highly effective model was from the White Home following Charlottesville and the heartbreaking dying of Heather Heyer.  President Trump’s succinct and direct phrases:

“Racism is evil, and those that trigger violence in its identify are criminals and thugs, together with the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and different hate teams which are repugnant to every part we maintain pricey as People.”

Regardless of the clear proof of Trump’s statements relating to Charlottesville, main media figures insist on spreading the calumny that Trump known as neo-Nazis “fantastic individuals.”  The one rationalization for such a repeated falsehood is abject laziness or willful deception.  Both manner, the duplicity on this matter maybe encapsulates the depressingly low belief most People place in main media, with 77 p.c stating in a Monmouth College 2018 ballot that conventional TV and newspapers report pretend information.  As well as, such lies because the Charlottesville Hoax needlessly additional divide our already-polarized society. 

As a substitute of hyper-partisan, distorted narratives, as Americans we must always demand adherence to fact — and adherence to the frequent values that bind us no matter politics. Within the phrases of our president: “Regardless of the colour of our pores and skin, all of us dwell below the identical legal guidelines, all of us salute the identical nice flag, and we’re all made by the identical almighty God.”

Steve Cortes is a contributor to RealClearPolitics and a CNN  political commentator. His Twitter deal with is @CortesSteve.