During his election campaign, Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden has spoken repeatedly about his early years in the civil and religious rights movements. As a teenager, he said he was “raised” in a black church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he would have been involved in organizing anti-segregation protests in the early 1960s. His statements were recently refuted by the Washington Free Beacon newspaper.
“I got raised in the black church,” Biden said last year during a speech to the Rainbow PUSH coalition. “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.”
The church that Biden claimed to have belonged to in his teenage years and youth, Union Baptist Church, was a major African American church in Wilmington. The church’s pastor was the Rev. Otis Herring. According to testimonies from interviewed church members, Biden befriended Herring but only as an adult and no one even acknowledges seeing him as a teenager.
Juanita Matthew, is one of the witnesses contacted by the Free Beacon, who also stated that it is true that Biden and Rev.Harris had a friendly relationship, but it would have begun with the presidential candidate’s approach to the church in 1972 when his wife and daughter died in a car accident, but not in any way when he was a teenager.
The African American community historically comprises an estimated 12-13 percent of the total U.S. electorate. In order to capture those votes, Joe Biden evidently maintains the same Democratic logic of wanting to maintain a seemingly close relationship with the African American community, even though his past may not indicate it.
This attitude led him to invent or exaggerate stories on repeated occasions in order to appear more affiliated with the black community and the struggle for its rights of racial equality. This is why he refuses to condemn the brutality of demonstrations by groups such as Black Lives Matter and antifa.
During his campaign as a presidential candidate, Biden, at an event in South Carolina in October 2019, claimed to have made his college career at Delaware State University, yet according to a new report in The Washington Times, the historically black university refuted Biden’s claims.
“I got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State—now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State,” Biden told the audience, drawing laughter, as shown on video. “They’re my folks.”
Denying Biden’s fallacy was Delaware State News Service Director Carlos Holmes, who said last Thursday that Biden was never a student at DSU and that his participation in the institute was limited to only two commencement speeches.
“Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,” said Holmes in a Thursday email. “However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and , and during the former he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.”
Last year, there were some allegations that he had never attended DSU, but it wasn’t until Holmes’s email that Biden’s fallacy was officially proven.
On another occasion he also said that his family and relatives were coal miners. But as The Federalist reported, when the childish lies came to light, he was forced to retract his statements.
According to The Federalist report, Biden’s first run for president in the 1980s was thwarted by dishonest statements about his academic record and his plagiarism of the biography and sayings of British Labour politician Neil Kinnock, which he incorporated as his own in his speeches.