Biden Backtracks on Claims of Arrest While Trying To Meet Nelson Mandela

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Biden and the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, lead a national service for Mandela, held in conjunction with the South African Embassy, and features a host of dignitaries, elected officials, and civil rights leaders. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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A strange admission from President Joe Biden: he made false claims that he was arrested trying to meet Nelson Mandela in South Africa during the 1970s. The New York Times reports that several times during the 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden made the false claims.

The Washington Post gave the claim four “Pinocchios.” It is not known why he said it in the first place and so many times, but during a visit from the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, President Biden admitted that he had not been arrested.

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