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Will Biden ever tell the truth about Charlottesville?

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In the video that launched his campaign for the presidency, Joe Biden said it. When he announced that he had selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, he said it again. In his speech accepting the Democratic convention’s nomination for president (here), he said it once more. Whenever he emerges from his basement to deliver a stump speech, he invariably says it. And now, in what is a “featured post” in the Times of Israel, guess what? He said it.

“It” is the bald-faced falsehood that, after the 2017 disturbances in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in a woman’s death and the indictment of a man for her murder, Pres. Trump said that there were “very fine people on both sides” of a fight that pitted white supremacists and neo-Nazis, on the one hand, against people who were opposing racism, on the other. In other words, “it” is the falsehood that Pres. Trump asserted a moral equivalence between racist neo-Nazis and people protesting racism.

Here is Mr. Biden’s most recent iteration, set forth in his ToI post: “I got into this race after hearing the anti-Semitic bile spewed by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville—and hearing President Trump say that there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Those words shocked our conscience and stunned the world.”

The truth is that Pres. Trump never said that there were “very fine........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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