Trump campaign demands Biden to retract Charlottesville lie ahead of debate

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The Trump campaign has called on Joe Biden to retract his claims that President Donald Trump spoke positively about neo-Nazis in 2017 after left-leaning Snopes debunked the accusation regarding the Charlottesville controversy.

The accusations relate to a Unite the Right rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 that the Biden campaign claims included Trump’s view that neo-Nazis are “very fine people,” a lie debunked by both conservative and media on the left.

“The Charlottesville lie was another hoax perpetuated by the corrupt Democrats and their mouthpieces in the fake news media, just like the Hunter Biden laptop, the Russian collusion scandal and so many others, all in an attempt to smear President Trump,” Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt told Fox News on Sunday.

“Joe Biden’s campaign must end any advertising that pushes this lie because President Trump has, once again, been proven right,” she added.

Snopes, a site that has not traditionally been favorable to Trump, noted that the context of the president’s new conference about the event stated, “there were ‘very fine people on both sides,’ referring to the protesters and the counterprotesters.”

Trump included in “the same statement he wasn’t talking about neo-Nazis and white nationalists, who he said should be ‘condemned totally.’”

The Biden campaign has used the accusations since he announced his run for the White House in 2019, according to Fox News.

“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden said when announcing his campaign.

In contrast, the report also highlighted Biden’s own “Charlottesville moment” when anti-Israel protesters set up camps on college campuses earlier this year after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing over 1,200 Israelis and taking over 200 hostages.

Biden has repeatedly shown support for anti-Israel protesters and for Gazans despite ongoing attacks on Israeli citizens on Oct. 7 and beyond. Many have also criticized Biden’s efforts to build a floating pier on Gaza’s coast to provide aid, which has been seen as a wasteful use of taxpayer funding.

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