President Joe Biden finally came clean about one of the many lies that he based his dishonest White House campaign on, fessing up that he was never arrested for attempting to meet with South African leader Nelson Mandela.
On Friday, Biden fessed up that he was fibbing about his claim which he repeated on multiple occasions, admitting that “I wasn’t arrested” during remarks when he welcomed Cyril Ramaphosa, the current president of South Africa to the White House.
“One of the great moments of my career was when — the first time Nelson Mandela came to the United States – and we were in — I was a senator at the time, and we met in the Senate Foreign Relations executive committee room,” Biden told his fellow leader.
“We all stood there and said hello to him and the like and afterwards, he asked if he could come by my office and he came by to say thank you because he heard I had been stopped trying to get to visit him, to see him in prison,” he recalled.
“And I said once — I said I got arrested. I wasn’t arrested, I got stopped, prevented from moving,” Biden said, copping to his dishonesty. “But he was extremely gracious.”
The greatly embellished talking point was used by Biden when he was whipping up the crowds during rallies.
“I spent my whole life fighting for civil rights, voting rights, social justice, economic justice, and that’s what I’ll do when I’m your president,” he declared during a campaign event in South Carolina in 2020.
“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 Robbens Island.”
(Video: The Daily Mail)
Days later, during a stop in Las Vegas, Biden said. “After he got free and became president, he came to Washington and came to my office. He threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you.’ I said, ‘What are you thanking me for, Mr. President?’ He said: ‘You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me.’”
Biden’s story was so blatantly dishonest that he was even fact-checked for his “ridiculous claim” by Glenn Kessler of the normally friendly Washington Post.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 25, 2020
“Biden has never been shy about tooting his own horn. So it’s pretty surprising that on the eve of a primary critical to his election hopes, he suddenly recalls being arrested in South Africa — and being thanked by Mandela for being arrested. There is no evidence for either claim; neither appears remotely credible. Biden earns Four Pinocchios,” Kessler wrote, doling out the maximum rating for liars.
In 2013, after Mandela’s passing, the then-vice president described the incident in a statement, “When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented,” although he continued to lie about it for years afterward.
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