The controversy surrounding Rep.-elect George Santos’, R-N.Y., lies about his résumé on the marketing campaign path has introduced renewed consideration to President Biden’s lengthy historical past of fabrications, together with elaborations about his school profession that helped derail his 1988 presidential marketing campaign.
Santos, who defeated Robert Zimmerman within the November common election, had falsely claimed he graduated from Baruch School and labored for Goldman Sachs and Citibank. After an investigation by the New York Instances revealed main parts of his biography had been fabricated, Santos’ purported employers confirmed to Fox Information that he by no means labored for them, and Baruch School mentioned he by no means attended there.
Santos admitted he lied in an interview Monday with the New York Submit.
“I’m not a prison,” he mentioned. “I’m embarrassed, and sorry for having embellished my résumé.”
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Home Democrats, together with Reps. Eric Swalwell and Ted Lieu of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas, pounced after Santos admitted to mendacity, calling for him to resign from Congress or be compelled to take action by Republican chief Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.
For years, Biden has been criticized for fabricating tales, from claiming to having been arrested in apartheid-era South Africa to being in a helicopter that was “compelled down” by Al Qaeda insurgents in Afghanistan.
Most lately, Biden was criticized after telling the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico that he had been “raised within the Puerto Rican group at dwelling, politically,” in Delaware.
In November 2021, Biden mentioned throughout a speech in New Hampshire that his home burned down together with his spouse, Jill, inside. Weeks earlier than that, he recounted for the fifth time throughout his presidency a false story about an Amtrak worker throughout a speech in New Jersey. The worker Biden regularly mentions truly died a yr earlier than the story was mentioned to have taken place.
In 2019, Biden informed a crowd of faculty college students a harrowing story a couple of Navy captain in Afghanistan that was later debunked by The Washington Submit.
In 2013, Biden mentioned he heard the gunshots of an Amish schoolhouse capturing that killed 5 college students whereas enjoying golf close by in Pennsylvania in 2006. The Washington Instances poured chilly water on the declare on the time, reporting that no golf course within the space had any report of internet hosting Biden.
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In 2007, Biden mentioned he had been “shot at” throughout a visit years earlier to Iraq. He later clarified that he was “close to the place a shot landed.”
Throughout his failed 1988 presidential marketing campaign, Biden was busted for mendacity about his tutorial report and plagiarizing speeches on the marketing campaign path, which in the end derailed his bid.
“I went to regulation faculty on a full tutorial scholarship, the one one in my class to have a full tutorial scholarship,” Biden mentioned throughout a 1987 marketing campaign cease in New Hampshire, including that he “ended up within the high half of my class” and “graduated with three levels from school.”
Biden later admitted that, actually, he graduated on the backside of his class, had solely a partial scholarship and graduated with just one diploma.
He additionally mentioned on the time that he “marched with tens of hundreds” of individuals in the course of the civil rights motion, however that additionally turned out to be false.
Conservatives on Twitter identified the obvious double commonplace by Democrats on the subject of Santos and Biden.
The Dispatch’s Jonah Goldberg tweeted, “I feel Santos is a complete embarrassment and has no place in public life. However a variety of people on this web site dinging him appear to have forgotten how a lot each the present president and his predecessor ’embellished’ about their accomplishments.”
MSNBC’s “All In” host Chris Hayes jumped in to defend Biden’s lies as “regular politician bs-ing.”
“I feel there is a line between ‘regular’ politician bs-ing and conman serial mendacity, and he is obtained infractions on both aspect of that line,” Hayes mentioned of Santos. “I imply it will have been a fairly large deal if it turned out Joe Biden did not even have a regulation diploma!”
Santos in contrast his scenario to Biden’s throughout an look on Fox Information’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.
When visitor host Tulsi Gabbard requested Santos if he “had no disgrace,” the Republican accused Democrats of being hypocritical.
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“Tulsi, I can say the identical factor concerning the Democrats and, and the get together,” Santos responded.
“Have a look at Joe Biden. Joe Biden’s been mendacity to the American folks for 40 years. He’s the president of the US. Democrats over-resoundingly assist him. Have they got no disgrace?”