October 9, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted the debunked “Charlottesville very fine people hoax” on Thursday in an attempt to blame President Donald Trump for a foiled kidnapping plot by members of a militia in Michigan.
On Thursday, federal agents arrested half dozen alleged conspirators who had plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The group shared an anti-government ideology; one member recorded a video denouncing Trump as a “tyrant.”
Yet Biden and Whitmer each blamed Trump, without evidence, claiming that his rhetoric had inspired the plotters.
Biden took that one step further, citing Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville riots in 2017. Trump said that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists there should be “condemned totally,” yet Biden has claimed for two years that Trump said they were “very fine people.” (Trump had been referring to non-violent protesters on either side of a statue debate.)
On Thursday evening, Biden tweeted a video from the vice presidential debate the night before, featuring his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Biden tweeted the part of the debate where Harris repeated the hoax:
Time and time again, President Trump has refused to condemn white supremacy and stoked the flames of hate for political gain.
It’s a pattern — and America deserves better. pic.twitter.com/o1zKKd0bpf
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 9, 2020
This article was posted: Friday, October 9, 2020 at 5:43 am