During a hearing on white nationalism Wednesday, Rep. Al Green perpetuated the lie that President Trump called neo-Nazis at a Charlottesville rally in 2017 “very fine people.”
“Were there any nice people among the folks who were screaming ‘blood and soil,’ ‘Jews will not replace us’ — were there any nice people among them?” Green asked the expert witnesses, referring to Trump’s comment after a protest against removing a Confederate statue in Charlottesville that there were “very fine people” on both sides of the issue.
“Sir, in my job, I have to believe there were nice people there because it is my job to try to pull them out,” said one witness and former white nationalist. “However, I think the statement of ‘very fine people’ was a very dangerous one, because it did equivocate two things that were not equal.”
Trump never called white supremacists “very fine people.” He specifically condemned them and racism. But Democrats have weaponized the lie to paint Trump as a white supremacist.