President Joe Biden has long had a reputation as an often incoherent fabulist, but his gaffes and lies have now become so commonplace that even his faithful defenders in the mainstream media are actually calling him out.
CNN recently published a surprisingly even-handed fact-check after Biden falsely claimed that he was at the site of the World Trade Center attacks the day after 9/11.
In addition to noting the inaccuracy of that claim, the article also pointed out three separate falsehoods Biden included in a speech just weeks earlier.
This week, Biden is facing backlash for remarks he made during a call with a number of rabbis ostensibly meant to celebrate the Jewish High Holidays that began with Rosh Hashanah at sunset on Friday.
While speaking to the religious leaders the previous day, he offered the dubious claim that he was “raised in the synagogues” of Delaware, the state where he grew up.
The president went on to assert that Wilmington’s Beth Shalom temple was “the home of countless friends to me” and that he “always believed the message of the High Holidays is universal — that it’s never too late to repent, to change, to begin anew.”
As Hillary Clinton demonstrated during the first of two disastrous presidential campaigns, politicians frequently go to absurd lengths when pandering to certain communities.
Biden, however, appears to have taken this strategy to even more extreme lengths by rewriting his personal background to reflect a contrived connection with practically any group he encounters.
Not only does his own biography not reflect his supposedly close ties to Delaware synagogues, but he has also offered no proof of several other disparate claims about his past.
Instead of simply offering sympathy and promising assistance to victims of Hurricane Fiona during a trip to Puerto Rico last year, Biden apparently felt compelled to inject himself into the narrative.
“I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home politically,” he said, sparking widespread mockery on social media.
His penchant for apparent tall tales also included a comment he included in his remarks commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday earlier this year.
“Let’s lay one thing to rest,” he said. “I may be a practicing Catholic, but [I] used to go to 7:30 Mass every morning in high school and then in college before I went to the Black church.”