Joe Biden has two strikes against him in the Democratic primary, He’s old and he’s white. He thought telling lies to black voters would help convince them he’s got enough “soul” for them to vote for him. Then he got busted. The New York Times started “fact checking” his claims of “apartheid” racial abuse and discrimination. Biden was forced to go on TV to admit he really wasn’t arrested in South Africa back in the 1970’s like he’s been bragging.
Black lies matter
On Friday, Joe Biden went on CNN to admit that he has been telling lies to the Black community. The old, white candidate may have just waved his White House chances goodbye. Old, white Bernie Sanders is different, young voters say. He’s firmly in front because of all the free stuff he’s going to give them. Biden thought he still had a small chance to catch the moderate vote. Then he got “fact checked.”
He confessed to the voting public that he really wasn’t arrested in South Africa, after all. “I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped.” He wasn’t allowed to go through the same customs barrier as his black travel companions and it got wildly exaggerated in his tales. He’s been flooding the airwaves with his overstated escapades in an attempt to get Black voters in South Carolina comfortable enough to vote for him, despite the fact he’s been a Democrat since they days when they all had Klan sheets hanging in their bedroom closets. He thought he could get folks to forget about all that by talking about Nelson Mandela. He seems to be hoping some of Mandela’s blackness will rub off.
The story Biden has been telling all over the campaign trail is that he “got arrested trying to see” Nelson Mandela in prison. New York Times labeled the lies “false.” He’s never been arrested in Africa. Our former U.N. ambassador confirmed he was there too, and it never happened. Biden went to Democrat friendly CNN with hat in hand to beg forgiveness in front of a camera. He was on a plane with a delegation from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Biden explained. After the Blacks got off the plane, the Afrikaners took “me in a direction totally different” than his companions. You don’t argue with men in short pants waving guns, Biden insists, but he tried anyway. “I’m not going to go in that door that says white only. I’m going with them.” No, you’re not, they said. “They kept me there until finally I decided that it was clear I wasn’t going to move.” He was allowed to move, just not through the door assigned for Blacks. That’s not an arrest.
Biden’s lies even had Mandela convinced the episode really happened. After 27 years in prison, Mandela dropped by to personally thank Joe for “all the work I did on apartheid.” Earlier this month, in Nevada, Biden claimed Mandela “came to Washington and came to my office. He threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you.’ I said, ‘What are you thanking me for, Mr. President?’ He said, ‘You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me.'” Joe Biden is a legend in his own mind.