President Joe Biden is at it again, just making things up in an interview in an attempt to make himself look better and more in tune with the issues of the day.
This time that took the form of him telling a completely fake story about Nelson Mandela and him, as you can watch here:
The New York Post, reporting in October of 2022 about Biden’s Mandela lie, reported that:
President Biden again claimed over the weekend that he was detained by South African authorities while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison in the 1970s — despite admitting just last month that his telling of the story was false.
“I got stopped when I was a young senator trying to see Nelson Mandela in South Africa,” Biden said during a forum broadcast Sunday by left-wing outlet NowThis News. “Afterward he heard, and when he got released, he came to see me in Washington and he walked up to me [and] said, ‘Thank you.’”
Biden was responding to Jon-Adrian Velazquez, who received clemency from outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after serving more than 23 years for convictions for second-degree murder, attempted murder and three counts of robbery. Velazquez, now a criminal justice reform advocate, had asked the president how he would create “clear, uniform standards for clemency.”
Biden said at least three times while running for president in 2020 that he was arrested trying to visit Mandela before admitting that wasn’t the case on Sept. 16 of this year, during a visit from South Africa’s current president.
That, at least, is something of a retreat from when he claimed that he had been arrested in South Africa for trying to visit Mandela, telling an audience in South Carolina during the 2020 presidential primary race that he “had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see [Mandela] on Robbens [sic] Island.”
Biden also claimed that Mandela thanked him for the incident in dramatic fashion, saying “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.‘”
Team Biden was later forced to “clarify” that tall tale, with Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield telling the Washington Post that the reality was that Biden was instead “separated from the [Congressional Black Caucus] members he was traveling with at the airport, when he landed … He was not allowed to go through the same door as the rest of the party he was with.”
So the interview was just another Biden Mandela story, though it’s disappointing that he didn’t try to somehow work Cornpop or the subjects of one of his other tall tales into the Mandela story. Maybe evil Cornpop could have been the one to arrest him for trying to warn Mandela about the future death of George Floyd, or something.
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