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The president was asked about his remarks—where he said there were “very fine people” among the rally goers and counter protests—after former Vice President Joe Biden highlighted them as part of his 2020 presidential primary bid.
“If you look at what I said, you will see that that question was answered perfectly,” the president told reporters. “I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general. Whether you like it or not, he was one of the great generals.”
Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019
He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."
Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y
The president’s remarks track with some of the right who have tried to argue that the presidents “very fine people” remarks were taken out of context and have been blaming the media for the coverage of Trump after the event.
The president, at the time, did mention that there were people amid the white supremacists that were protesting the taking down of a Robert E. Lee statue, and also said that white supremacists should be “condemned totally.”
However, as the Washington Post points out, the rally was organized by well-known white supremacists. During part of the protests they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.”
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).