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NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell falsely claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump had not condemned neo-Nazis after the Charlottesville riots in August 2017 in covering a confrontation Thursday between this reporter and former Vice President Joe Biden at the Iowa State Fair.
Biden has repeatedly claimed that Trump called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “very fine people.” In fact, Trump said: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.” He used “very fine people” to refer to non-violent protesters on either side of the issue of the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The media and Democratic candidates often ignore the full quote.
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Ironically, Mitchell had just accused the Trump campaign of taking Biden’s latest gaffe — “Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” — out of context, saying the campaign “notably did not include the full remarks.”
She played footage of the confrontation and said:
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