Presidential candidate for the Democratic party Joe Biden seems comfortable fabricating stories to impress voters. During campaign trails, he persistently claimed he participated in the civil rights movement and spent significant time of his teenage years at a black church in Wilmington, Delaware. He said he organized anti-segregation protests in the early 60s.
Unfortunately for the former vice president, members of the Union Baptist Church denied it, saying, they don’t remember him as a teenager at the church. Though he met the church’s pastor, Rev. Otis Herring when he was already an adult.
“No. Not at our building. I think he was probably in Claymont, (Delaware) (or) in Pennsylvania then,” said Phyllis Drummond, Herring’s long time assistant, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon. The church’s veteran attendee Juanita Matthew also opposed Biden’s assertion, saying, he only met Herring after Biden lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident in 1972.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“I got raised in the black church,” Biden said in a speech to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition last year. “We would go sit in Rev. Herring’s church, sit there before we’d go out, and try to change things when I was a kid in college and in high school.”
Biden has also raised brows when he declared he was arrested in South Africa while visiting Nelson Mandela.
The Washington Free Beacon continues:
In February, Biden repeatedly told a story about getting arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa in the late 1970s. But the campaign later acknowledged this was not true following a New York Times report that challenged the claim. Andrew Young, a United Nations ambassador who traveled with Biden to South Africa, told the Times, “I was never arrested and I don’t think [Biden] was, either.”
The former vice president has also made dubious claims in the past few years about having his helicopter “forced down” down outside Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Afghanistan and getting shot at in Iraq.
Biden also claimed to have participated in anti-segregation sit-ins along Route 40 when he was just 18 years old, which could not be corroborated by participants and historians.