Joe Biden confronted by Breitbart in tense confrontation on Trump, neo-Nazis
DES MOINES — Former vice president Joe Biden was confronted by a writer for the right-wing publication Breitbart, causing a tense moment after Biden finished his speech at the Iowa State Fair.
After Biden’s 20-minute speech on the soapbox stage, Joel Pollak, a writer for Breitbart, accused Biden of misquoting President Donald Trump on white supremacy. Some Trump supporters have latched on to this point, saying Trump never praised neo-Nazis as “very fine people” in the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Biden, who was surrounded by a hoard of journalists and supporters of the current Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 race, stopped and pointed at the man, saying “let’s get this straight.”
“He said there were very fine people in both groups,” Biden said pointing his finger at the writer and noting that some of those at the rally were “chanting anti-Semitic” slogans and carrying flags.
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A central part of Biden’s campaign has been the attack in Charlottesville and how Trump responded to it. He centered his announcement for president around the event.
Trump was heavily criticized for his response to the attack, which left one counter-protester dead after a neo-Nazi plowed into a crowd with his vehicle. He claimed there were “some very fine people on both sides.”
In the same speech, though, the president said he had condemned white supremacy and neo-Nazis.
“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said after the attack.