Posted Dec 23, 2019 by Michael L. Brown

How can this happen in the 21st century, right in front of our eyes? How can a lie be manufactured, then mainstreamed, despite explicit video and written evidence to the contrary?

We’re not talking about a debate concerning the origins of the universe. (Sorry, but there were no human eyewitness, and the event wasn’t captured on camera.)

We’re not talking about whether a certain king conquered a certain country in 722 or 721 BC. (Ancient chronologies can be confusing.)

We’re talking about something that happened in 2017, live and on camera, followed by a press conference to make things totally clear. How can things get so twisted?

It’s called the power of the lie, and this same lie surfaced again in an article written by presidential candidate Joe Biden, denouncing antisemitism in response to the Jersey City kosher grocery shootings.

Speaking of the hatred that united the Jersey City shooters and the synagogue shooters in Poway and Pittsburgh, Biden then blamed President Trump for this hateful climate.

He said, “After Charlottesville, instead of condemning a naked display of hatred, Trump assigned a moral equivalence between those streaming through the night with torches, chanting anti-Semitic bile — and the courageous neighbors and activists who stood against them. He gave license and safe harbor to white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK.”

He continued, “As I said after Charlottesville, we are in a battle for the soul of this nation. And, it’s why I am running for president.”

The only problem is that Trump did not say that “those streaming through the night with torches, chanting anti-Semitic bile” were very fine people.

To the contrary, on August 12, 2017, the day of the Charlottesville protests, he said, “I think there is blame on both sides.

“You had some very bad people in that group” (referring to those protesting the removal of a confederate statue). “But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

Then, two days later, Trump issued a categorical statement, saying, “Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups.”

How on earth could anyone get this wrong? And how on earth, now more than two years later, could former vice president Biden’s claim that, “He gave license and safe harbor to white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK”?

Read Trump’s words again, then read Biden’s words again. This is willful misrepresentation.

 

Not only so, but the next day, on August 15, at a wide-ranging press conference, Trump said again that “we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence.”

And in answer to another question, he explained exactly what he meant by the “very fine people.” He said, “You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

That’s who he was talking about.

Then, when asked if we should take down statues of Thomas Jefferson, he said, “OK. Good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So you know what? It’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You’ve got -- you had a lot of bad -- you had a lot of bad people in the other group…” (my emphasis).

Then, in the very next question, Trump was asked, “You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly?”

He responded, “No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people -- neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. . .” (my emphasis).

He could not have made himself clearer. And anyone with an open heart and mind – really, anyone who simply wanted to know the truth – would understand exactly what he was saying.

What is so frightening is that people – millions of people – believe the lie. And they believe it to the point that, if you’re white and you voted for Trump, then you are, by default, a white nationalist, a racist.

Of course, Trump’s cardinal sin was calling out hatred on the left as well as on the right, speaking against both neo-Nazis and Antifa.

And, given his comments in the past about Mexicans and Muslims, which were either exaggerated or taken out of context, it was all too easy to create the Charlottesville Lie.

Now, more than two years later, the top Democratic candidate for president, in an article denouncing antisemitism, can blame the president for antisemitic violence.

Adding to the irony is the fact that the Jersey City shooters were black supremacists, not white supremacists. And Biden’s article was posted on December 18, one week after Trump’s executive order combating antisemitism. Yet Trump is to blame for the shooting of these Jews.

May God help our nation pursue the truth before a web of lies so entangles us that we can no longer find our way out.

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B.W. posted a comment · Dec 30, 2019
"Swkh310' Have I discerned correctly, your not a fan of Dr. Brown ? I fail to see the connection, He is pointing out that wanna be leaders(biden) are using verifiable events and are lying about what said and what actually happened ! and the media says nothing ! the media is complicit in not calling out the lie ! who's selling out to the devil! a lie is a lie! and truth is the truth! You may really dislike Trump but would you lie to take him down!
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B.W. posted a comment · Dec 30, 2019
“It Is Not Truth Which Matters, But Victory” - Hitler........ “Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is. And you must bend to its power or live a lie.”― Miyamoto Musashi
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gerald a posted a comment · Dec 30, 2019
Notice that since Dr. Brown lays out the facts about what Pres. Trump actually said, these pathological lying leftists then calling Dr. Brown names as well. There is an academic question about whether these leftists believe what they're saying or are consciously lying, but either way the result is the same. Attempts to discuss things at a factual level will be met with name calling and lying (consciously or not) - but no facts.
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gerald a posted a comment · Dec 30, 2019
Leftists stop with your fact-free pathological lying. If you have some evidence supporting your smears of Pres. Trump then provide it. But you don't have any.
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DebPJ posted a comment · Dec 28, 2019
Dr. Brown, are these growing lies and excuses for them, including from some who profess to be Christians (and only God and they know their hearts!), a part of the spirit of Jezebel? I have not yet had the opportunity to read your new book on that topic.
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DLM posted a comment · Dec 28, 2019
First of all you must recognize that Trump ran a racist campaign once you admit that you will realize his code language to white supremacists. Maybe you don't understand the codes, but that's no excuse for your ignorance. You like many others only want to see what you want to see. Like why make an argument that protects Trump meanwhile justifying the white supremacists at the same time. Smh...
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Dec 23, 2019
"Very fine people on both sides?" Yet another one of Dr. Brown's feeble attempts to justify his on going support for a blatant racist, sexist, anti-Semitic monster.