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Another Day, Another Lie From Beto

Jeff Katz
May 23, 2019 - 2:40 pm

2020 presidential hopeful Robert Francis O’Rourke (D-TX) invoked the “Charlottesville hoax” on CNN Tuesday night.

This hoax stems back to the claim that President Donald Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people” after riots in Charlottesville in August 2017.

As has been noted time and time again, Trump used the phrase “very fine people” to refer to protesters against the removal of a historic Confederate statue — as well as to non-violent left-wing protesters who opposed them. The president also added: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.” Even CNN’s Jake Tapper, a frequent Trump critic, has admitted Trump did not call neo-Nazis “very fine people.”

Dana Bash, the host and CNN chief political correspondent, did not attempt to correct O’Rourke’s false claims. But that should not come as a shock.

As for the president's so-called "tolerance" for hate and bigotry, reported hate crimes have actually been increasing since 2014 — the second year of President Barack Obama’s second term in office.