President Joe Biden implausibly suggested during a speech in Atlanta Tuesday that he had been arrested multiple times in his youth for civil rights activism.
“I did not live the struggle of Douglass, Tubman, King, Lewis, Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner and countless others — known and unknown. I did not walk in the shoes of generations of students who walked these grounds,” Biden said during the voting rights address. “But I walked other grounds. Because I’m so damn old, I was there as well. You think I’m kidding, man. It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.”
Did Joe Biden just claim he was arrested during the civil rights movement? That never happened. pic.twitter.com/VcKVS2hrN8
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The Washington Post fact-checker noted that Biden appeared to be referring to a story he has repeatedly told about being arrested as a teenager at a protest in Delaware, “though with slight differences in each retelling.”
- The Post was unable to find any evidence Biden was ever arrested and determined, “[T]oo many elements do not add up to give this ‘arrest’ more credibility than his previous claims of getting in trouble with the law.”
- Biden, an admitted fabricator of self-flattering arrest tales, has not responded to requests for comment about this one.
- During Tuesday’s speech, Biden made several other misleading and inaccurate statements and decried opponents of his preferred voting rights bills as secessionist racists.
- “Behavior that gets rewarded (or even just unpunished) tends to get repeated,” Welch wrote. “And Biden at this stage in his presidency is repeatedly saying things that aren’t true.”