Did President Joe Biden just borrow a page out of Hillary Clinton’s playbook of exaggeration, or is he doing his best Brian Williams impersonation, where the NBC anchor falsely claimed he was in a helicopter that was shot at by a rocket-propelled grenade?
What appears to be clear is that Biden repeated an old claim that he apparently forgot he had walked back well over a decade ago.
The president was speaking to a group of diplomatic aides at the State Department on Thursday when he claimed he’d been shot at.
“You have great personal courage. I’ve been with some of you when we’ve been shot at,” Biden told the group.
The President of the United States falsely claimed today to have been “shot at” —-STOLEN VALOR. pic.twitter.com/7hdst5nQ93
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) February 5, 2021
Biden’s claim is not new, as he said in a 2007 Democratic debate that he’d been “shot at” inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, and would be forced to walk the claim back, according to Fox News.
“Let’s start telling the truth,” Biden said. “Number one, you take all the troops out — you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at. You better make sure you have protection for them, or let them die, number one.”
More on that incident from Fox News:
He amended that later, saying the quarters he was staying in while visiting the Green Zone in 2005 shook from a nearby blast, and “I was near where a shot landed.” He said that he’d been in three near-shooting instances, and in one instance, a shot had landed outside the building where he and other senators were staying. He added that the vehicle he was traveling in the day before might have also been hit.
Biden said the incident wasn’t threatening enough to take cover. “No one got up and ran from the room—it wasn’t that kind of thing,” he said. “It’s not like I had someone holding a gun to my head.”
Patrick Campbell, legislative director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said at the time veterans “have names” for people who exaggerate actions in combat zones, like Biden did.
“Veterans don’t like it when people mischaracterize their service, people who overstate what happens to them,” he said, according to Fox News. “We have names for them.”
Political commentator Liz Wheeler responded to note the relative silence from the media.
“Imagine if Trump had falsely claimed he was ‘shot at’ even if it wasn’t true. The MSM would go ballistic,” she tweeted.
Imagine if Trump had falsely claimed he was “shot at” even if it wasn’t true. The MSM would go ballistic.
But when Biden exaggeratedly claims he was shot at – a claim he walked back a decade ago – the MSM is silent.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 5, 2021
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter, to include one stellar social media user who suggested this may be where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acquired her tendency to fib:
Are we just not going to talk about the fact Biden claimed he was shot at overseas today?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 5, 2021
Democrat lies in need of a mainstream media ‘fact check’:
• Biden claims he was ‘shot at’ overseas
• AOC claims Cruz tried to have her ‘murdered’
• Trump ‘solely responsible’ for pre-planned Capitol attack
• AOC smears police, lies about where she was during Capitol siege
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) February 5, 2021
Who are we to question his truth?
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) February 5, 2021
Interesting. Like Mrs. Clinton’s fictitious claim about landing in the Balkans under “sniper fire.” Self-dramatization must be tempting.
— Anna Wellisz (@Anna_unbound) February 5, 2021
This is where AOC is getting her how to from 🤣
— JOJO⭐️D (@SocialButrFly1) February 5, 2021
Memory going?? already – I did have 3 to 6 months in the office poll.
— PAGeologist (@PACleanwater) February 5, 2021
— Jason Kennedy (Jk) (@blitz21sevet) February 5, 2021
Or is that dementia?
— 🇺🇸Standard American🇺🇸 (@TacticalBuckeye) February 5, 2021
In his defense, he really does believe it’s 2007.
— Richard (@richrlm1) February 5, 2021
Biden* can’t remember if he put pants on this morning much less got shot at years ago.
— Famous Economist Milton Keynes (@FamousMilton) February 5, 2021
I feel like that would of been in the news.
— Taco (@boomslang_1975) February 5, 2021
Was he with Hillary when she was being shot at by snipers 😂😂
— Marty (@mako1661_marty) February 5, 2021
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