President Joe Biden confused audiences again last Friday, falsely claiming a family member won a Purple Heart in World War II.
Biden’s (Made-Up) War Story
President Joe Biden claimed Friday that someone in his family won the Purple Heart for his actions during a famous battle in World War II. However, there is reportedly no evidence to substantiate Biden’s claims, and critical details make it impossible for the story to be true.
Biden spoke during a town hall for U.S. veterans in Delaware on Friday, where he said, “My dad, when I got elected vice president [in 2008], he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’ He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge, but he said, ‘and he won the Purple Heart, and he never received it. He never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We will surprise him.’”
“I said, ‘Uncle Frank, you’ve won this and I wanted to —’ and he said, ‘I don’t want the damn thing.’ No, I’m serious, he said, ‘I don’t want it.’ I said, ‘What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.’”
You can listen to the statement here.
Biden told the story apparently to make a point about the humility of veterans, but the known facts indicate it’s not true.
Joe Biden’s Other Tall Tales
The tale involving Biden’s uncle is similar to another emotionally impactful but false story told by then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2019, this one involving a Navy captain supposedly refusing to accept a Silver Star for his heroism in Afghanistan.
A Washington Post fact check from the time said Biden “jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion, and regret that never happened.”
Biden made other dubious remarks Friday, including telling veterans that “twice as president” he had been “in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq and those areas” — despite never visiting Afghanistan and Iraq as president and getting no closer than the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, almost 300 miles from the Iraqi border.
Officials Concern Over Health
Former White House physician for the Obama and Trump administrations Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), said during an interview Sunday morning that U.S. officials must explain to the American public what is going on with Biden’s mental fitness for office pretty soon.
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