Biden slapped with AP fact check over SOTU whopper claiming gun maker immunity

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President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address may have seen the embattled leader dial down his standard demagoguery and race-baiting several notches with Democrats jittery over the upcoming midterm elections but he was in rare form when it came to playing fast and loose with the truth to the extent that even the Associated Press had to call him out.

On Tuesday, Biden made the trip to Capitol Hill where he played to a packed house of lawmakers, earning raucous applause when he hit on some of his party’s key talking points, many of which were either misleading or outright fibs, especially his claim that gun manufacturers are immune from liability.

In imploring Congress to “pass proven measures to reduce gun violence” including implementing universal background checks as well as banning so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, Biden called to “repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued.”

But according to AP, “President Joe Biden related a faulty Democratic talking point about guns in his first State of the Union speech,” a stinging rebuke from the “fact-checkers” which more often than not, come down on the side of Democrats.

“That’s false,” AP said of Biden’s assertion that the gunmakers were immune, “While gun manufacturers do have legal protections from being held liable for injuries caused by criminal misuse of their weapons thanks to the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, they are not exempt or immune from being sued.”

It was the second time that AP has rejected the president’s malarkey about the gun manufacturers, having already done so in February after Biden’s appearance at a New York City Gun Violence Prevention Task Force meeting.

AP added, “The law lays out exceptions where manufacturers or dealers can be held liable for damages their weapons cause, such as defects or damages in the design of the gun, negligence, or breach of contract or warranty regarding the purchase of a gun.”

“Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, sued gun maker Remington, alleging ‘wrongful marketing’ of firearms, and last month agreed to a $73 million settlement,” the outlet noted.

In addition to calling out his claim about gun manufacturers, AP’s fact-checkers also listed other examples of Biden’s misleading SOTU in which the nation’s 46th president cranked out more whoppers than Burger King.

On COVID, Biden claimed, “Severe cases are down to a level not seen since July of last year.”

AP found that “Biden overstated the improvement, omitting a statistic that remains a worrisome marker of the toll from COVID-19” and that “While hospitalizations indeed are down from last summer, deaths remain high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID tracker shows 289 deaths on July 1, 2021. This past Monday the CDC tracker reported 1,985 deaths.”

Biden also said that “We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. We’re now talking about an infrastructure decade. … We’ll build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations,” while promoting his Build Back Better/Green New Deal agenda.

“Not so fast,” AP wrote. “The bipartisan legislation approved by Congress ended up providing just half of the $15 billion that Biden had envisioned to fulfill a campaign promise of 500,000 charging stations by 2030,” the outlet pointed out, adding that “Biden’s Build Back Better proposal aimed to fill the gap by adding back billions to pay for charging stations. But Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in December declared that bill dead in its present form due to cost.”

“Administration officials now say the infrastructure law will help “pave” the way for up to 500,000 charging outlets by 2030. That’s different than charging stations, which could have several outlets. They say private investments could help fill the gap. Currently there are over 100,000 EV outlets in the U.S.,” AP added.

AP also called Biden on other exaggerations and falsehoods including that Intel was building “up to eight state-of-the-art factories in one place, 10,000 new jobs,” in Ohio.

“His statement is premature. That many factories are not imminent and may or may not ever be built,” the fact-checkers found.

Also debunked were Biden’s claims on the “historic” infrastructure bill and supply chain problems in a stinging rebuke to the truth-challenged career politician whose approval ratings continue to spiral downward with no bottom in sight.


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