Trump's lawyers were very busy on Friday on the Senate floor, where they debunked what one of them coined "the Charlottesville lie."
Trump lawyer David Shoen, before running a clip of a Trump press conference which took place right after the infamous Charlottesville riots, said:
"'Very fine people on both sides' [the famous quote that went viral at the time.] ... except that isn't all he said. And they knew it then, and they know it now. Watch this."
The clip rolls and instead of cutting off after "very fine people on both sides" as major media have invariably done in the past, the public gets to see the full context of the video.
Trump's discourse continues on the issue of taking down statues, and he pointedly asked how far it might go, asking if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues should be also taken down. He mentioned that the group of people trying to take down a statue of Civil War General Robert E. Lee were "changing history", that they were "changing culture".
Trump immediately went on:
"And you had people, and I'm not talking about the Neo-Nazis or the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally."
Trump then commented on the people demonstrating on the other side of the issue that day:
"In the other group also [referring to the leftist protestors], you had some fine people, but you also had trouble makers, and you see them come with the black outfits, and with the helmets, and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group too."
Trump continues to distinguish between good and bad people on both sides of the Charlottesville protestors.
"There were people there protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people. Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them."
At the end of the video, Shoen can be heard mentioning:
"This might be today the first time the news networks played those remarks in their full context."