The words “fine people” have a very specific context in our national debate over race these days, and you’re likely to hear them more than a few times during this presidential campaign. That’s hardly surprising.
What’s surprising is that you may hear them being thrown Joe Biden’s way, too.
That three-word construct is usually attached to President Donald Trump’s remarks after the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The common misconception remains that he used the words “very fine people on both sides” to refer to the white nationalists at the event, but over the next few months that’s probably going to undergo another few spells of reevaluation on various cable shows where people tend real screamy.
That far-right rally, you may recall, was prompted by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
In December, it just so happened that a curious video of Joe Biden related to the Confederacy started making the rounds on social media.
🚨Joe Biden once said people who "display the Confederate flag" are "fine people." pic.twitter.com/Nqout82fPk
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