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Did Joe Biden Really Call Antifa Members Courageous Americans?

Jeff Katz
June 18, 2020 - 11:58 am

Former Vice President Joe Biden now has a taste of what it's like to be President Trump.

On Tuesday, PolitiFact tagged as "false" a Facebook post claiming that Biden had called Antifa members "courageous Americans," which was actually correct. That was not what Biden said.

In a campaign video from April 2019, Biden spoke about "courageous Americans" who stood up to white supremacists at the infamous Charlottesville rallies of 2017.

In the ad, Biden said:

It was there in August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open. Their crazed faces, illuminated by torches, veins bulging and bearings the fangs of racism. Chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the Thirties. 

And they were met by a courageous group of Americans. And a violent clash ensued. And a brave young woman lost her life.

And that’s when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were quote, ‘some very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides? With those words, the President of the United States assigned moral equivalence with those spreading hate, and those with the courage to stand against it.