While Joe Biden’s family has a history of stacking up arrests left and right and then avoiding jail time thanks for good ol’ Joe, the former vice president himself has his own problem; bragging about being arrested multiple times and none of it ever happened. Ever. He’s a pathological liar.
Throughout his long career, Biden has boasted or spoken of being arrested at least three times in his life, but later confessed they were not actually arrests, a Post review shows.
Not like his criminal family, who have a collective rap sheet that features drunk driving, grand larceny, and assault charges spanning decades — Biden employs the cop tales as cute anecdotes in stump speeches.
This is a man who launched his 2020 campaign based on the Charlottesville lie, where he claimed President Donald Trump said that neo Nazis and white nationalists were “very fine people.” He was eventually notified that it was a lie, and that the president condemned those two hate groups, but he went on and told the lie again at another campaign event months later.
At least 3 times in February, Biden told a different version of a story about visiting Nelson Mandela in South Africa in the 1970s and being arrested with him.
“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robben Island,” Biden told a campaign crowd in Columbia, SC on Feb. 11, when Bernie Sanders was still a threat.
The weird thing about the story is it never happened.
““It’s a lie,” Mehdi Hasan, liberal commentator said in a March video in which he also said Biden was in cognitive decline. “He didn’t misspeak. He didn’t misremember. It wasn’t a gaffe. It was a lie and a really bad one.”
The story was additionally denounced by independent fact-checkers like Politifact and the Washington Post, which gave the “ridiculous claim” four Pinnocchios. Two weeks later on CNN, Biden eventually had to come clean.
“When I said arrested I meant I was not able to move, cops and Afrikaners would not let me go with them … I guess I wasn’t arrested I was stopped,” he said.
Just like when he bragged for years that he loved going home to a diner in Delaware where he could meet up with real people and get the perspective of the men and women on the street. The only problem with his story is that diner had shut down over years ago, so there was no way he could have gone to the diner to speak with the real folk.
In 2008 — with the presidential election looming — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer tried to wear the bravest face on yet another “arrest” back when Biden was a student at the University of Delaware. While speaking to students at the University of Ohio, he off the cuff mentioned being busted for accidentally wandering into a women’s dormitory while on campus to watch a football game.
“Barack Obama’s running mate playfully admitting he was arrested more than 40 years ago. Biden joked about it in Ohio. He said he was attending a football game between his university and Ohio University and he mistakenly followed what he called … ‘a lovely group of women into an all female dormitory.’ Biden said an officer quickly stopped him noting that men were not allowed inside,” Blitzer said.
The story never became a national scandal and an Associated Press account of the remarks at the time said the anecdote was met with “laughter.” Had he been a Republican there probably would have been talk about it, because of the double standard that has always existed in the news media.
Retelling the story in 2012 in Athens, Ohio, Biden made an important clarification: “The last time I was here, I want to make clear to the press, I didn’t get arrested, but I almost did. Because back in those days … men weren’t allowed anywhere near a women’s dorm,” he said.
A 3rd “arrest” happened (really, not really) in 1963, when he was a 21-year-old student visiting acquaintances in Washington D.C. On an early Saturday morning, when most of his other buddies were still hungover, the future vice president ventured out to the Senate building and walked in for an unofficial stroll.
“I sat down on the presiding officer’s chair and a police officer grabbed me, arrested me, took me downstairs,” Biden recalled in a 2016 interview with C-SPAN. Biden then said he had another run-in with the same cop eight years later after returning to the Senate chamber, this time legally as a freshman Senator from Delaware.
“I walked in the same door and a cop grabbed me [on] the shoulder and he said, ‘You can’t go there, sir,’ and I turned around and he got a big grin in his face and said, ‘I hope you appreciate the humor, Senator, I arrested you eight years ago, walking around the floor of the Senate.’ ”
Does anyone believe that story? A cop who sees hundreds of people a day remembers a guy from eight years prior who walked into the wrong room? Like no one else ever did that during his entire career in law enforcement?
The story also shows up in his 2007 memoir “Promises to Keep,” albeit with no mention of any arrest. Two years later while telling the story yet again during his farewell address to the Senate, Biden specifically insisted he had not been arrested.
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“And the next thing I know, I feel this hand on my shoulder, and a guy picked me, a Capitol policeman picks me up and spins me around, and he said, “What are you doing?” Biden said. “And after a few moments, he realized I was just a dumb-struck kid and didn’t arrest me or anything.”
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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