As Twitchy reported at the time, President Trump’s first attempt at giving a statement after the demonstrations and counter-protests in Charlottesville that left one woman dead was a mess. He tried again with a teleprompter, and then he gave it a third try, which still struck out with the press and much of the public.

If anything lives on from Trump’s Charlottesville comments, it’s the idea that he claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” — and since there were white supremacists gathered there, he was saying that Nazis were fine people.

Like we said, he fumbled at first, but we’d always taken his “both sides” comment to mean both sides of the argument over whether statues and other Confederate monuments should be taken down or left up for their historical value. (For what it’s worth, Charlottesville decided to throw black tarps over their statues for a while.)

After the horrific mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, the subject of white supremacism was in the news, and so was the talking point that Trump had called Nazis “fine people.”

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak has been trying to set the record straight by putting Trump’s words into context, even using the #CharlottesvilleHoax hashtag to call attention to his efforts.

Of course, CNN is never going to retract anything — but people trying to put Trump’s words into context on Wikipedia have found their efforts don’t last long. Scott Adams called it “jaw-dropping.”

Check this out:

Remember when an intern from Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office used Wikipedia to post the personal information of Republican senators during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings?

Is it sticking?

Just in case it wasn’t clear in the tweet above, here are the president’s words in context; it would be nice if people could stop taking them out of context and weaponizing them:


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