The controversy surrounding Rep.-elect George Santos’s, R-N.Y., lies about his resume on the marketing campaign path has introduced renewed consideration to President Biden’s lengthy historical past of fabrications, together with gildings about his school profession that helped derail his 1988 presidential marketing campaign.
Santos, who defeated Robert Zimmerman within the November normal election, had falsely claimed he graduated from Baruch School and labored for Goldman Sachs and Citibank. After an investigation by the New York Occasions revealed main parts of his biography had been fabricated, Santos’ purported employers confirmed to Fox News 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 Publish.
“I’m not a legal,” he mentioned. “I’m embarrassed, and sorry for having embellished my resume.”
Home Democrats, together with Reps. Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu and Joaquin Castro, pounced after Santos admitted to mendacity, calling for him to resign from Congress or be compelled to take action by Republican chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
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 residence, politically,” in Delaware.
In November 2021, Biden mentioned throughout a speech in New Hampshire that his home burned down together with his spouse Jill Biden 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 steadily mentions truly died a 12 months earlier than the story was mentioned to have taken place.
In 2019, Biden informed a crowd of faculty college students a harrowing story a few Navy captain in Afghanistan that was later debunked by The Washington Post.
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 Occasions poured cold water on the declare on the time, reporting that no golf course within the space had any file of internet hosting Biden.
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 educational file and plagiarizing speeches on the marketing campaign path, which ultimately derailed his bid.
“I went to regulation college on a full educational scholarship, the one one in my class to have a full educational 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, in actual fact, he graduated on the backside of his class, had solely a partial scholarship and graduated with just one diploma.
Biden additionally mentioned on the time that he “marched with tens of 1000’s” of individuals through the Civil Rights Motion, however that additionally turned out to be false.
Conservatives on Twitter identified the obvious double normal by Democrats relating to Santos and Biden.
The Dispatch’s Jonah Goldberg tweeted, “I believe Santos is a complete embarrassment and has no place in public life. However numerous 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 believe there is a line between ‘regular’ politician bs-ing and conman serial mendacity, and he is bought infractions on both aspect of that line,” Hayes mentioned of Santos. “I imply it could 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.
“Tulsi, I can say the identical factor in regards to the Democrats and, and the social gathering,” 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 help him. Have they got no disgrace?”