The Trump Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Misquote Is A Political Hit Job

The Trump Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Misquote Is A Political Hit Job

President Trump, on Charlottesville: ‘I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.’
Laureen Lipsky
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If a dollar were deposited in the U.S. Treasury for every time President Trump was misquoted about the 2017 Charlottesville, Va. standoff between neo-Nazis and the mostly Antifa crowd, we could make significant inroads in paying off our national debt.

In 2020, Democrats are still lying about the president’s actual statements and pushing the propaganda that he said “there were fine people on both sides,” referring to neo-Nazis. Democrat vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris made the false claim again in her debate last week with Republican Vice President Mike Pence. Pence pointed out that Trump’s comments on “both sides” were aimed not at racists but at Americans who disagree over historic monuments.

Here is the actual quote from President Trump at the press conference in August 2017:“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. 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.”

Shortly afterward, President Trump clarified and unequivocally stated his condemnation of white supremacists: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”

Democrats are constantly using lies and misrepresentation against the president, even to the point of making vile comparisons of Trump to Adolf Hitler. Given the Trump family’s long-standing support of the Jewish community, it is laughable that anyone would smear the president with the charge of white supremacy.

Like most Americans, President Trump most likely assumed it is well understood that neo-Nazis are despicable, so well understood that it does not need to be said, although for good measure, he did absolutely condemn the adherents of this vicious hatred.

President Trump’s personal connections with the Jewish community go back many decades. Fred Trump, the president’s father, had a real estate business largely centered in Queens, N.Y. In the 1950s, Fred Trump’s numerous buildings had many Jewish Holocaust survivors as tenants.

Fred Trump also took a personal interest in supporting Jewish communal institutions. He donated land for the Beach Haven Jewish Center in Flatbush, N.Y. and donated to its construction. A plaque dedicated to Fred Trump still exists there today. President Trump’s father also was a prominent donor to the Long Island Jewish Hospital.

President Trump himself has charitable ties to Israel that span decades. Through the Jewish National Fund, he donated towards resettling Jews in the Negev after the expulsion of Israeli Jews from the Sinai as part of a peace deal with Egypt.

In 2005, President Trump donated money to help Jews who were displaced from the Gush Katif when Israel withdrew from Gaza. The Jewish National Fund in 1983 bestowed upon President Trump the prestigious “Tree of Life Award.” Trump also gave generously towards a Jewish community in the Samaria region of Israel.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the American Defamation League (ADL), and the Museum of Jewish Heritage are among the U.S. Jewish organizations Trump has supported. United Hatzalah, a voluntary EMS organization in Israel, was the recipient of a $100,000 donation from Donald Trump in 2014. Business dealings in Israel were additionally on offer at one point through the Trump Organization.

A long history of Jewish charitable donations and deep respectful Israel relations apparently is not enough to placate Democrats, whose leadership refuses to publicly rebuke antisemites. Please name one Democrat president who has had such tight connections with the Jewish community both here and in Israel as President Trump. One does not exist.

Despite Democrats’ attempts to tie President Trump to antisemitic violence in the United States, the shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh did not name Trump as his inspiration. The shooter of the Poway Chabad Center in California actually called Trump a “Zionist, Jew-loving” traitor.

In fact, many neo-Nazis take issue with Trump for having so many Jewish advisors and for being strongly pro-Israel. On the other hand, the leftists of the Democrat Party and the neo-Nazis have joined forces in their hatred of Jews. David Duke has enthusiastically praised Rep. Ilhan Omar on social media, for example.

Trump is literally tied to the Jewish people by family. Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, not only married an Orthodox Jew, Jared Kushner, but fully converted to Judaism in the Orthodox tradition. President Trump has a very close relationship with his son-in-law and his three Jewish grandchildren.

Despite a hectic campaign in 2016, shortly before Election Day, Ivanka and Jared visited the Ohel, the gravesite of the Chabad Lubavitcher Rebbe. Enough with the abhorrent lies about the current president; today Jews truly have a friend and supporter in the White House.

Laureen Lipsky is a pro-Israel advocate living in New York and the founder of "Taking Back the Narrative." An op-ed writer, she has recently written an exclusive piece on antisemitism for the Center for Security Policy.

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