This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 23, 2020:
Cindy McCain, John McCain’s widow, formally endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States on Tuesday. Although admitting that she and Biden didn’t always agree on issues, at bottom she said, “he is a good and decent man.”
No, he is not. A “good and decent” man wouldn’t lie, and then lie again after the lie was exposed. A “good and decent” man wouldn’t twist history for his personal aggrandizement. A “good and decent” man wouldn’t deny his faith in order to be politically correct and acceptable.
Yet Biden has done all of these, and more.
Some current lies include Biden’s claim that he called for a government shutdown one week before Trump. There is no evidence whatsoever that he made a statement like that of any kind. On the contrary, he is on record as vocally opposing Trump’s early travel ban on China.
Biden claims that he has no recollection of his alleged sexual assault on his former staffer Tara Reade, and yet has moved Heaven and Earth to block the University of Delaware from releasing his Senate papers at the time of the alleged assault that would prove his innocence.
He recently told audiences that after leaving the White House, “I became a teacher. I became a professor.” No, he didn’t. He got paid for making some speeches at the University of Pennsylvania, but he never taught a single student.
He has a long history of lying. He boasted about his “arrest” in South Africa for supposedly attempting to visit Nelson Mandela, for which Mandela later thanked him. None of that is true: not the arrest, not the attempted visit, and not the “thank you” note he supposedly received from Mandela.
He destroyed his first run for the presidency in 1987 when he was caught in a lie about being the first person in his family to attend college.
Said Biden at the time:
Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?
That was nearly a direct quote from a British Labor leader, Neil Kinnock, who said: “Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Why is Glenys [his wife] the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?”
He lied about his accomplishments as a student:
I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship.
In the first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class.
I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year.
I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits.
Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist pointed out that that statement was false in nearly every way. He had a half-scholarship, based on need and not accomplishment. There’s no record of him winning the competition. He didn’t receive the outstanding student award. He finished near the bottom of his graduating class. And he didn’t receive three degrees. He received one.
Biden denies his Roman Catholic faith, believing not only that Roe v. Wade is constitutional but that it ought to be codified into law. He consistently voted, five times, against bills that would have prohibited partial-birth abortions.
He twists history to his advantage. At a September 2008 fundraiser during his second run for the presidency, Biden spoke about “the superhighway of terror between Pakistan and Afghanistan where my helicopter was forced down.” Later that month he repeated the canard: “Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains.”
Two days later, he reiterated the lie. He told his audience that al Qaeda had re-established a safe haven “in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where my helicopter was recently forced down.”
He left out the fact that the helicopter in which he was riding was forced down by a sudden snowstorm, likely creating the impression that it was forced down by enemy fire.
Perhaps the most egregious and outrageous lie Biden has ever told — and he has told many — is the one about the “drunk driver” who killed his first wife. In a 2001 speech at the University of Delaware, he said that “an errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive … hit my children and my wife and killed them.” First, the driver, Curtis Dunn, was sober. Second, his two sons, Hunter and Beau, survived the crash, though his daughter did die. Third, the driver had the right of way when Biden’s wife pulled out into traffic without warning, according to investigators following the crash.
In 2007 he reiterated the lie, this time at a speech at the University of Iowa:
Let me tell you a little story. I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on December 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree.
A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries.
The reason Biden “never pursued it” is because the prosecutor, now a judge, who investigated the crash said, “The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver, is incorrect.”
Who does that? Who lies and lies and lies again even after the lies have been revealed? Who denies his faith? Who twists history in order to gain public support and sympathy?
As author and talk-show host Larry Elder wrote in Townhall: “Joe’s calling card is decency, an affable man without a malicious bone in his body. Yet he allowed Dunn, who died in 1999, to go to his grave having been falsely shamed by Biden as a drunk driver responsible for the death of Biden’s wife and newborn daughter. What “decent” man does that?