Making up stories is nothing new to President Biden, who famously dropped out of his 1988 White House run after he stole campaign speeches for his own. During that brief run, he also lied and exaggerated about his college achievements without a hint of self-doubt.
“I think I have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect,” Biden, then 40, angrily told a voter who had asked about his law school experience.
Just how far is President Biden willing to stretch the truth? He has falsely claimed his first wife Neilia and daughter Naomi were killed by a drunk driver, which is untrue, when an investigation found Neilia pulled in front of the tractor-trailer driven by an innocent driver.
On Sunday, in Selma, President Biden stood in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and falsely claimed he participated in the Civil Rights movement as a young man.
"I was a student up north in the Civil Rights movement," Biden brazenly told the crowd.
A Fox News story about Biden’s speech called that claim “unproven,” which is more diplomatic than calling the President of the United States a liar, but the story went on to point out Biden has repeatedly lied in the past about participating in sit-ins and getting arrested for civil disobedience. He made that claim in 1983. Last year, at a speech at Morehouse College, he said it “seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.”
Biden has claimed he attended a well-known black Baptist church in Wilmington as a teenager, where he said he helped organize marches and sit-ins, but no one recalls seeing him in the pews.
"I got my education, for real, in the black church," he said in 2020. "And that's not hyperbole. It's a fact."
The New York Times also challenged Biden’s claim he was once arrested in South Africa when he demanded to meeting with Nelson Mandela.
After a history of using the Civil Rights movement for political gain, President Biden used his speech Sunday to claim Republicans and the right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court are blocking black voters from participating in the voting process. After warning the crowd their rights are in jeopardy, Biden used the 58th anniversary of what is called “Bloody Sunday” to push for passage of the Electoral Count Reform Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Reacting to Biden’s speech in Selma, American Family Radio show host E.W. Jackson pointed out Biden was joined by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are perhaps the most famous race hustlers the U.S. has produced.
"They're busy promoting bitterness and promoting backwards looking,” Jackson said of all three, “instead of looking ahead with vision for the future."