Fact Check: Joe Biden repeats the Charlottesville ‘Very Fine People Hoax’; Lester Holt does not correct
CLAIM: For the umpteenth time, Joe Biden claimed that President Donald Trump called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people.”
VERDICT: FALSE. This is Biden’s most infamous lie, and NBC’s Lester Holt failed to correct it.
Biden spun the “Charlottesville very fine people hoax” again on Monday night at an NBC town hall:
Again, I give you my word, after my son passed, I wasn’t going to run again. But when I saw those people coming out of the woods, literally, the fields, carrying torches in Charlottesville screeching at — if you close your eyes, remember what you saw. Their veins bulging, preaching antisemitic hate. The same exact language used in Germany in the thirties, accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan. And when a woman was innocently killed, what was the question asked of the president? “What do you think?” He said there were “very fine people on both sides.” No president has ever said anything remotely like that. There’s this constant dog whistle.
This is Biden’s script on Charlottesville, which he has memorized, and which he never changes, even when challenged:
Source: Joel B. Pollack, breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/10/05/fact-check-joe-biden-repeats-the-charlottesville-very-fine-people-hoax-lester-holt-does-not-correct/