Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his Presidential candidacy last week. And in his first media appearance on The View, he said this:
"The thing I'm proudest of... not one single whisper of scandal."
The hosts all agreed and the crowd erupted in fervent applause.
Of course, it's not true.
Here's Stacey Matthews at Legal Insurrection:
Since Biden has revived the so-called “scandal-free” claim, it has (again) been easily and definitively refuted by conservative new media outlets—but not, of course, by the mainstream media. A number of Twitter users also called him out on it. Here are two that received a lot of retweets:
With the exception of:
-Fast & Furious
-The IRS scandal
-The AP phone records scandal
-The VA scandal
-Hatch Act violations
Biden is absolute right, they were scandal free. https://t.co/f6adQSfy2U
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 26, 2019
Biden's scandal-free admin also sold weapons of war to Mexican druglords, let Flint water become toxic, shipped pallets of cash to Iran, an IRS that targeted political enemies, released 5 terrorists for a deserter, and had an EPA disaster that turned a river orange with arsenic.
— Razor (@hale_razor) April 25, 2019
The biggest one of all, as Bongino alluded to, is “Russiagate” and what the Obama administration knew and when they knew it.
This lie is so laughably and demonstrably false, I figured there HAD to be a PolitiFact examination of it.
I was wrong.
But in his announcement video last week, Biden said he decided to run for President because of Trump's response to Charlottesville.
“He said there were, quote, ‘Some very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any other I’d seen in my lifetime.”
PolitiFact kinda' does a check on this statement, providing the transcript of what Trump said:
Obviously, Biden's characterization of Trump's comments are false.
In rare clarity, Trump repeatedly explains how there were other people at the protest who were *not* there to stand with neo-Nazis, but rather were there to protest the removal of a statue.
So, how does PolitiFact rate Biden's smear?
Look at that.
"Full context needed."
So, when Biden takes Trump's statement out of context and uses it to paint the President as a racist (at worst) or a neo-Nazi sympathizer (at best), we get no succinct clear ruling to spread around social media.
If PolitiFact wants people to view it as an impartial arbiter of truth, it has to act like one.
Pete's Prep: Monday, April 29, 2019
- To justify its strike, the teacher (non)union points to demands for more support staff in the schools. But Longleaf Politics takes apart the NC Association of Educators' argument.
- Meanwhile, Dr. Terry Stoops at the John Locke Foundation posted the price tag of the NCAE demands. It's a lot.
- One of the Democratic NC state senators who voted with Republicans on the Born Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act says he won't help override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto.
- Welp, it turns out the deranged maniac who attacked a San Diego synagogue hates Trump. Narratives are being re-written across America.