Jake Tapper explains that “very fine people” don't go to Nazi rallies

Jake Tapper explains that “very fine people” don't go to Nazi rallies

Tapper: "The march was billed from the beginning as a rally for racists"

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From the August 16 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:

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JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Today, former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a statement condemning racial bigotry, antisemitism, and hatred. They were joined by the chiefs of staff of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the National Guard.

Now, none of them referred to President Trump, but all, for some reason, felt the need to tweet condemnations of the racist, hateful ideologies of the Klan, and neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, and alt-right, on display in Charlottesville within hours of President Trump's suggesting a moral equivalence between Nazis, and those protesting Nazis.

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TAPPER: The president of the United States of America there, saying that the press has treated unfairly those people who marched alongside neo-Nazis, and white nationalists, and the Klan. Now, Vice News was embedded with the marchers, let's take a look and see how many, quote, "very fine people" we can find.

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TAPPER: I'm still not really certain where these, quote, "very fine people" the media has been unfair to were. The march was billed from the beginning as a rally for racists. Here's the organizer of the March before it happened.

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TAPPER: And that's what it was, complete with torches, and swastikas, racist and antisemitic chants, and barbarism.

Previously:

Angelo Carusone on The Bill Press Show: Trump's defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville "sounded exactly like Fox News"

Trump’s remarks defending neo-Nazis were full of right-wing media talking points

Fox News' Shep Smith couldn't get any Republicans to come on Fox to defend Trump's racist comments
 

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