Democrats cannot possibly attack President Trump for lying and nominate Joe Biden.
Biden’s problem with racial issues is not just that he has consorted with segregationists and opposed busing, as Kamala Harris enjoyed noting in the Democratic debate.
It’s worse. He made up a whole career in the civil rights movement. He lied about it for years.
According to the Washington Examiner:
In the acclaimed 1992 book What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer, an account of the 1988 presidential campaign, Biden is quoted as saying: “Folks, when I started in public life, in the civil rights movement, we marched to change attitudes … I remember what galvanized me … Bull Connor and his dogs … I’m serious. In Selma.”
But Biden never traveled to Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, or any other Southern state, in that era.
Biden repeatedly claimed that he organized a boycott of a segregated restaurant and participated in sit-ins along U.S. Route 40 in 1961, a series of protests at segregated restaurants along the major highway in Delaware and Maryland. He also claimed he marched in civil rights protests, occupied a segregated movie theater, and led a high school boycott of a whites-only grill in Wilmington, Del.
He told the California Democratic Convention in February 1987: “When I was 17 years old, I participated in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants and movie houses of Wilmington, Del.”
“We changed attitudes on race in this country,” he said in May 1987. “We marched. We didn’t march for a 14-point program to end segregation. We marched to change attitudes.”
In April 1987, Biden said: “I came out of the civil rights movement. I was one of those guys that sat in and marched and all that stuff.” In August 1987, the Chicago Tribune wrote that Biden had been a “civil rights activist who joined sit-ins in his youth at the segregated Towne Theater in Wilmington”
Multiple Biden newspaper profiles and interviews include similar claims. A 1975 Washington Post profile reported that Biden had “accumulated some very credible civil rights credentials since adolescence” by “participat[ing] in a high school restaurant boycott and in sit-ins along U.S. 40.” The Baltimore Sun interviewed Biden in 1986 and reported, “As a young man, he took part in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants along U.S. 40 in Delaware.”
A Morning News article in September 1975 said that Biden “joined in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants along U.S. 40 before he joined the Senate.”
The planned sit-ins were known as the “Route 40 Project” and were organized by the Congress of Racial Equality activist group. They took place in the summer, fall, and winter of 1961 when Biden was an 18-year-old college freshman at the University of Delaware.
Civil rights activists in Wilmington and the University of Delaware while Biden was a student said they don’t recall him participating in any demonstrations. A historian who wrote a book about the Route 40 Project and the Freedom Riders movement said he was unaware of Biden’s involvement.
“I’ve never heard that,” said Raymond Arsenault, a southern history professor at the University of South Florida and author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. Arsenault said Biden’s participation would have been notable at the time because as a teenager he would have been younger than most of the other activists involved. “Very few of the Route 40 people were that young.”