“No,” Snopes finally admitted, “Trump did not call neo-Nazis and white supremacists ‘very fine people.'”

On June 20, 2024, seven years after the Democrats and legacy media spread the false claim, fact-checker Snopes acknowledged that then-President Trump never called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”

The claim stemmed from a controversial August 11-12, 2017 Unite the Right rally in Richmond, Virginia, where leftist activist Heather Heyer lost her life. Trump was accused of saying that neo-Nazis at the rally were “very fine people,” but as conservatives and the GOP maintained for years, he never did.

Snopes Confirms Trump Never Praised Neo-Nazis, Exposing False Claim Central to Biden's 2020 Campaign
Snopes, the fact-checking website, confirms Trump never called neo-Nazis “very fine people,” debunking a central claim of Biden’s 2020 campaign.

The Richmond protest opposed the removal of a Confederate statue. Advocates for removal saw honoring Confederate figures like General Robert E. Lee as racist, while opponents viewed it as preserving history.

On August 15, Trump stated that protesters had a point about preserving history and questioned if removing Lee’s statue would lead to removing statues of founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. He emphasized, “you had people, that were very fine people— on both sides.”

When interrupted, Trump clarified that he condemned neo-Nazis and white nationalists. He noted that many peaceful protesters were treated unfairly by the press. Trump distinguished between neo-Nazis and other protesters, condemning the former and recognizing the latter’s right to protest.

Despite this, during the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden repeatedly used the false claim that Trump called neo-Nazis “fine people” to justify his campaign. Biden’s campaign launch referenced Trump’s comments out of context, ignoring the debate over historical statues and focusing on the false narrative of moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and peaceful protesters.

In reality, Trump condemned both white supremacists and leftist agitators, labeling them “rough, bad people.” Snopes’ fact check confirms that Biden’s campaign was based on a falsehood. Trump never called neo-Nazis “fine people”; he referred to peaceful protesters in Richmond.