Actor and comedian Micahel Rapaport – a frequent, aggressive critic of former President Donald Trump – is now admitting he was wrong about Trump’s “fine people” remarks regarding the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 2017 demonstrations against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a city park turned violent as protestors clashed, resulting in the death of a counter-demonstrator.
During a recent appearance on the PBD Podcast, Rapaport was pressed on whether media exaggerations regarding Trump had misled him and distorted his views of the former President. The actor and comedian admitted this was the case.
“That one thing, about Charlottesville, that I ranted about… I was wrong,” said Rapaport, explaining the media’s lack of context regarding Trump’s quote had misled him: “You know, he said ‘There’s good people on both sides’ and when you see the full quote, that wasn’t what he said.” Given the misleading reports, Rapaport went on to lament his rant against Trump.
What Trump Actually Said.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, former President Trump repeatedly condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence” that occurred during the demonstration. After being continually pressed by the media to condemn only the pro-Robert E. Lee statue demonstrators in the days following the violent protests, Trump responded: “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides… You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
The media was quick to spin the President’s remarks as a defense of not the peaceful protestors defending the Lee statue but of the extremist groups that joined the demonstrations. Left out of media reports were Trump’s words calling these groups and individuals “very bad people” and his repeated condemnation of their actions over the days prior.
In recent weeks, Rapaport has suggested he is open to voting for President Trump in November, reiterating his stance on the PBD Podcast.