Has Joe Biden Lied For Decades About Marching In The Civil Rights Movement?

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Written by Ann Brown
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Could 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden have lied about marching in the civil rights movement? A new report by the New York Times suggests that he’s possibly been lying for decades.    

And if this is true, how will this affect Biden’s support among Black voters, which up until now has been unwavering?

“If recent history was any indication, it was doubtful that the Times’ report would hurt Biden’s campaign, which has thrived despite a few similar stumbles that include his oft-criticized touchy-feely, hands-on moments with women and girls alike. However, it could also serve as further evidence that Biden, who would turn 77 shortly after becoming president if he is elected, may not be the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, the only objective of the Democrats,” News One reported.

The question of where Biden’s involved in the civil rights movement was true or false came up during his 1988 run president, but Biden bowed out of the race before addressing the issue.

But recently The New York Time bright the issue up again and reprinted his speech at the time in which Biden claimed:

“When I marched in the civil rights movement, I did not march with a 12-point program,” Biden said in February 1987 before a New Hampshire audience. “I marched with tens of thousands of others to change attitudes. And we changed attitudes.”

But it seems this was not true.

“More than once, advisers had gently reminded Biden of the problem with this formulation: He had not actually marched during the civil rights movement. And more than once, Biden assured them he understood — and kept telling the story anyway,” Paste reported.

Biden has been caught in other lies as well, such as when he was questioned about a plagiarism scandal during his law school years. He has also been accused of stealing pieces of speeches from others. There have been questions about Biden’s “boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden’s speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians,” The Washington Post reported.


About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.