NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Misinforms Viewers on Joe Biden, Charlottesville

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Misinforms Viewers on Joe Biden, Charlottesville

NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell falsely claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump had not condemned neo-Nazis after the Charlottesville riots in August 2017 in covering a confrontation Thursday between this reporter and former Vice President Joe Biden at the Iowa State Fair.

Biden has repeatedly claimed that Trump called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “very fine people.” In fact, Trump said: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.” He used “very fine people” to refer to non-violent protesters on either side of the issue of the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The media and Democratic candidates often ignore the full quote.

Ironically, Mitchell had just accused the Trump campaign of taking Biden’s latest gaffe — “Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” — out of context, saying the campaign “notably did not include the full remarks.”

She played footage of the confrontation and said:

Andrea Mitchell: It comes after this confrontation between biden and a reporter from conservative outlet Breitbart. Biden fighting back after the reporter claimed, incorrectly, Biden had misquoted the president after Charlottesville.

Breitbart News: But he said specifically he was condemning them. 

Biden: No, he did not. he said he walked out and he said, let’s get this straight — he said there are fine people in both groups. They’re chanting anti-semitic slogans, carrying flags. 

Biden remains the favorite in Iowa, the first state to vote (via caucus) in the 2020 presidential primary next year.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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