Joe Biden announced today and he is running on one of the core lies about President Trump. And it is a lie that is at once pervasive and really easy to reveal. It’s the lie about what Trump said after Charlottesville and represents everything wrong with the Democrat/media establishment.
Trump painfully clearly and obviously was talking about the debate over taking down confederate statues and monuments. His comments were not about Antifa and the neo-Nazis or some such. They were about the country’s history, which I’m not in favor of erasing because people don’t like it today.
This is about basic honesty. And the media, Joe Biden and virtually all Democrat leaders are blatantly lying about Trump’s Charlottesville comments. Most Americans don’t know it. Trump makes misstatements and sometimes lies. When he does, he gets called out by the media pretty quickly. Even when he doesn’t, he still does by hilariously named “fact-checkers.” But who calls out the media for lying? (Let’s not even start on Trump Russia collusion. This is just so easy.)
Recall that Trump’s comments came in the midst of tearing down confederate statues all over the South and so there was this rally planned in Charlottesville. It attracted some of the country’s worst elements, from alt righters and white supremacists to Antifa and BLM. That was where you get all of those pictures of violence. It also attracted people who wanted to preserve Southern and/or American history — the originators of the rally — people who were then generally shocked at what went on. One evil person drove his car into the crowd and killed a woman.
In the aftermath, Trump held a press conference, and this is where the big, fat lie comes in.
Here’s the full transcript of the presser from Politico. It’s right out here in the open. Everyone in the Democrat/media establishment knows this. And yet the lie continues.
Here’s the context for those who don’t have time to go through the transcript:
TRUMP: “Those people were also there, because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue Robert E. Lee. So – excuse me – and you take a look at some of the groups and you see, and you’d know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not. Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. So this week, it’s Robert E. Lee, I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after. You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Trump is continually talking about the confederate statue controversy — not the so-called neo-Nazis — and asks where it all ends. A lot of Americans were asking the same question.
These press conferences are always a revelation as to how reporters just hound the President like they never, ever did Obama. No Democrat strategist could have done better than the press corps does in trying to trap the President.
Here’s the money line:
TRUMP: “Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
Again, obviously talking about the confederate statues debate when he says “very fine people on both sides,” not the violence between Antifa and the alt right thugs.
But he went on to make it even more clear. I mean this is just crystal clear: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
Right, he was talking about taking down confederate monuments or leaving them up.
The media has lied for a year and a half about this, playing ad infinitum “very fine people on both sides” and pretending — nay, lying — that he is talking about white nationalists and neo-Nazis, when he makes clear throughout the press conference his condemnation of them.
But for the next year and a half, they will continue endlessly playing his words wildly out of context. Nay, just lying. Democrats will repeat them and run them on ads. Lies.
Every Democrat leader, including Joe Biden and the whole Democrat field, is lying. The base believes the lie because they want to or are ignorant, trusting that CNN and NYT is telling them the truth.
No one else should. The sliming of an American President should be repudiated by all people of good will.
Rod Thomson is an author, host of Tampa Bay Business with Rod Thomson on the Salem Radio Network, TV commentator and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod also is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.