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Trump did not say Nazis were “fine people.”

One of the many ongoing myths generated and perpetuated by the main stream media is Trump said some Nazis/white supremacists were fine people.  This was done by the media bombarding Trump with questions at a news conference about infrastructure.  The media was constantly interrupting him.  They then selectively edited some of his comments to make this assertion.  We’ll display below Trump’s comments at the same press conference the media chose to leave out.  The last quote is the money quote.  You can go here to see the text of the entirety of the press conference.

“…we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.”

“…you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent…”

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.”

“…many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.”

“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.”

“And you had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You’ve got — you had a lot of bad — you had a lot of bad people in the other group…”

 

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