Poor Joe Biden. He’s really gone off the deep-end this time. In what many see as fairly blatant pandering to black voters in South Carolina, Crazy Uncle Joe is caught telling yet another whopper of a lie.
It’s being reported that, Biden has :several times” spun the tale while campaigning in the Palmetto State, of his 1977 supposed arrest in South Africa while attempting to visit Nelson Mandela. Here’s the problem… no one seems to remember Joe getting pinched by Jan Law, and there’s zero documentation of Biden’s rich imagination.
As reported by the reliably liberal The Independent (of London, UK);
Joe Biden is facing fresh scrutiny over claims that he was once arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison four deades ago.
The story has been told on the campaign trail by the former vice president several times in the past two weeks as he attempts what would be a remarkable political comeback in the Democratic primary, claiming that he was detained in 1977 while visiting the country as a US Senator from Delaware.
“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” Mr Biden said last week in South Carolina. “I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.”
But a review of news reports and available evidence from that time conducted by the New York Times has cast doubt on Mr Biden’s account, with no mentions of such an arrest being found in available news reports from that time.
And, while South African arrest records are not easily attainable, a former US ambassador to the United Nations has said he does not find Mr Biden’s tale to be credible.
“No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either,” said Andrew Young, who was the UN ambassador from 1977 to 1979, told the newspaper.
Mr Young, who supports Mike Bloomberg, said that he finds it hard to believe that a sitting member of US Congress would have been arrested at that time.