Biden recalls take down of ‘Corn Pop’ gang banger — and it’s epic

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Ah, politicians and their entertaining anecdotes.

It doesn’t come as any surprise the most interesting story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary features former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Democratic front-runner had previously recounted an incident he said happened when he was a 19-year-old college student home on summer break. Biden said he took a job as a lifeguard at a city pool in Wilmington, Del., hoping to better educate himself about the black community, as reported in 2017 by the Washington Post.

It was here that a young Biden allegedly had a fantastic showdown with a gang leader named Corn Pop.

Seriously.

 

After ejecting the gang leader — Biden said he told Corn Pop to get off the diving board or “I’ll come up and drag you off” — the thug told him he would be waiting for him with a straight razor when he got off duty.

Hesitant to risk his credibility and job by calling the police, Biden said a pool mechanic gave him a six-foot length of chain and told him to confront the gang leader, which he said he did.

“You might cut me, Corn Pop, but I’m going to wrap this chain around your head before you do,” Biden recalled, describing that encounter.

But Biden said Corn Pop turned soggy after he apologized to the thug for calling him “Esther,” putting his razor away.

Oh, by the way, the city named the center housing pool after the former vice president, according to the Post. It is now called the “Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center.”

The video above is from 2017, and Biden did include it in his 2008 autobiography, but why is it coming up now?

The Root’s Michael Harriot featured the story in a series of tweets Saturday, giving his own entertaining take on events — it’s not clear what prompted him to do so, but he dedicated 19 tweets to the endeavor.

Suffice it to say, Harriot is just a tad bit skeptical of the yarn, which he dubbed: “Biden’s Negro Summer Safari Adventure.”

“I’m always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race,” Harriot began. “Many of them have this fictionalized jigaboo version that is almost alien-like. And one of the greatest examples of this ever is Joe Biden’s story about Corn Pop the gangsta.”

His telling of the story, complete with editorial from the black perspective, is more entertaining than Biden’s version. In the end, you sense that the real objective here may be damaging the front-runner’s credibility.

After all, it’s not like he said he was dodging sniper fire or something.

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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