Biden Admits He Lied After Claiming He Was Arrested
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During an interview on CNN on Friday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden admitted that he lied multiple times when he claimed that he was arrested in South Africa for trying to get a meeting with Nelson Mandela who was in prison at the time.
"Biden has claimed on the campaign trail in recent weeks that he was arrested in the 1970s while trying to visit Mandela, the former president of South Africa," the Daily Wire reports. "His campaign clarified the false claim Feb. 25, saying that the former vice president was referring to being “separated from a congressional delegation.”"
While speaking on "New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman," Biden admitted that it was all a lie.
“I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped,” Biden said.
“When I said arrested, I was not able to — I was not able to move. Cops would not let me go with them [the Congressional Black Caucus],” Biden continued.
Check out what The Daily Caller reported:
Biden said that the incident happened while with a “black delegation” and that he was sent in the direction of a “white only” door, which he refused to go through. Biden said that he was kept until “it was clear” he would not be moving, at which point he was taken “through a baggage claim area up to a restaurant.”
“And one of the reasons — long after this, when Nelson Mandela was freed and came to the United States, he came in my office. He was one of the most incredible men I met. He thanked me for trying to — all the work I did on Apartheid. So that’s the context of it,” Biden said.
Previously, Biden had repeatedly claimed that he was “arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.” Media outlets, including the New York Times, were unable to find any proof of this, and the arrest was never mentioned in Biden’s 2007 memoir. The U.N. ambassador at the time, Andrew Young, also said he was never detained by authorities with the former vice president.
“No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either,” Young previously told the NYT. “Now, people were being arrested in Washington. I don’t think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa.”
Earlier in the month during a party in South Carolina, Biden boasted about being arrested.
“I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see (Mandela) on (Robben) Island,” he said.
The claim was repeated once again while telling a story about how he was trying to get Jill Biden to marry him.
At an event in Nevada on February 16th, Biden said that Mandela tried visiting him in Washington.
“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,'” Biden claimed.
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