They carried tiki torches. They chanted the Nazi slogan "blood and soil" and "Jews will not replace us!" One of them rammed a car into a crowd of people and murdered a woman. But when Donald Trump was asked Friday if he still stood by his original characterization of the neo-Nazis who stormed Charlottesville in 2017 as "very fine people," he sought to paint the white nationalist agitators as a benign historic preservation movement.
“I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, the great general,” Trump told reporters. “People were there protesting the taking down of the monument Robert E. Lee.”
Oh, yes, big history buffs—who donned fatigues, semi-automatics, and stood across from a synagogue chanting "Sieg heil!" until congregants were advised to escape through a back door.
In fact, Lee was really beside the point for the organizers of the rally.
As Vox's Jan Coaston documented, the Unite the Right rally was explicitly intended to be a "far-right, racist, and white supremacist event"—a goal that quickly eclipsed anything having to do with the Lee monument. Here's the way the extremist site the Daily Stormer described the upcoming rally on Aug. 8, 2017.
Although the rally was initially planned in support of the Lee Monument, which the Jew Mayor and his Negroid Deputy have marked for destruction, it has become something much bigger than that. It is now an historic rally, which will serve as a rallying point and battle cry for the rising Alt-Right movement.
Now you can listen to the gaslighter in chief revisit the event and how he originally described it "perfectly," in his own view.
Here’s the reality.