By Tim Murtagh for the Daily Signal
If President Joe Biden wants you to believe something he’s going to say — really, really wants you to believe it — he prefaces it with the phrase, “I give you my word as Biden.”
He peppers his public statements with it, puts it in his tweets and holds it up as a sort of gold standard for honesty and integrity. It’s as if the mere fact that he goes by the last name Biden should be a guarantee to anyone that he’s incapable of telling untruths.
Let’s break that claim that his “word like a Biden” should be good enough to convince people that his statements are rock solid gospel.
The fact is that his public statements are often demonstrably wrong, on both important and unimportant matters.
It seems the most recent time he used his name as proof of his honesty was: almost end of september, when he tweeted, “I give you my word as Biden: If you make less than $400,000 a year, I will never raise your taxes by one cent.”
Except his plan breaks his “word like a Biden” because “taxpayers across all income levels will get a tax hike,” according to the impartial Joint Taxation Committee.
Furthermore, Biden’s plan to increase corporate taxes will affect many people who earn less than $400,000, if not in the form of direct taxes. Lower wages will result from his corporate tax hike.
On March 18, 2020, during his presidential campaign, Biden again used the wording while: tweeting about the COVID-19 pandemic“I give you my word as Biden: When I am president, I will lead with the science, listen to the experts and take their advice, and always tell you the truth.”
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Apart from Biden publicly announcing that booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine would be available soon, even though medical experts have suggested there isn’t enough evidence that they’re needed.
Further contradicting Biden, two groups of government scientists — at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even voted against recommending the booster shots.
In particular, Biden’s vaccine mandate would require many public and private employers to force their employees to be vaccinated, but it does not take into account the amount of evidence showing that protection against natural immunity exceeds that of the vaccine. Even if you’ve already had COVID-19 and have recovered, Biden says you should still get the chance.
Related: GOP Senator Rick Scott explodes Biden COVID plan: ‘Shouldn’t let Florida taxpayers bail out New York’
So much for ‘leading with science’.
Biden’s more recent history suggests that he cannot be relied upon to tell the truth, whether or not he offers his “word as Biden.”
Facing the prospect that the alleged $3.5 trillion price tag for the latest social security spending plan may be too big for the public to swallow, Biden has pushed the outrageous claim that it won’t actually cost anything.
While his main argument is that the bill won’t increase the national debt (which in itself is questionable), it slips into language meant to trick people into thinking it will be completely free.
“My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars,” he laughs tweeted.
The Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco, which resulted in the deaths of 13 US servicemen, was a source of many of Biden’s outright false statements.
Among other things, he claimed that no one recommended leaving 2,500 American troops to aid the withdrawal, when his generals did.
He claimed that Americans had no problem getting to the Kabul airport, when clearly they had.
He boasted that no US ally had criticized the management of the withdrawal, while several of them had talked about it.
He stated that al-Qaeda was not present in Afghanistan, when it is.
And he promised not to leave Afghanistan until all Americans were evacuated, which didn’t happen.
Biden has also picked up on the false story of those who oppose securing our borders at home, by copying the lie that Haitian migrants on horseback were “passed” by Border Patrol agents.
He referred to seeing “people tied up” and said the officers “will pay” for what they did.
But even the photographer who took the photos that caused the uproar said no one was beaten.
Considering all this, where does Biden get the idea that he embodies a lofty level of candor? It certainly isn’t because of his reputation as a US senator for 36 years.
When his first presidential campaign fell apart in 1987 over plagiarism scandals and apparent false boasting about his resume, Biden apologized, saying, “I exaggerate when I’m angry, but I’ve never told people things that aren’t true about me.”
Nevertheless, The New Yorker reported that at the time, he “gained a reputation as a pompous blowball, and congressional staffers circulated a spoof resume featuring Biden’s photo and achievements, including ‘inventor of polyurethane and the weedeater’ and ‘Member, Rockettes (1968). ).’”
That New Yorker writer, Evan Osnos, wrote a book on Biden, noting that “he was considered a bit of an arrogant dude, a bit of a scumbag in a town known for its blowhards.”
Osnos concluded, “The joke became that Joe Biden was not an authentic person.”
And Jon Favreau, speechwriter to then-President Barack Obama, said, “Biden’s reputation before becoming vice president was not ‘middle-class Uncle Joe,’ nor was it too old and out of place — it was that he was punching.”
It is an ongoing theme.
This summer, Biden claimed he was a truck driver. Nonsense.
He also boasted that he once shot a 368-foot drive “off the right-center wall” at the old RFK Stadium during a congressional baseball game. It never happened.
While running for president this last time, he claimed at least three times that he had been arrested by police in South Africa when he tried to visit Nelson Mandela in prison. That’s not true either.
He completely misrepresented and misrepresented a trip to Afghanistan to pin a medal on a US soldier.
He has repeatedly claimed that he marched in the civil rights movement when he did not.
He has wildly exaggerated his academic credentials.
And 34 years ago, he was even mocked by nighttime television legend Johnny Carson as a plagiarism.
It should be clear to everyone by now that Biden’s statements should not be simply accepted. So that only leaves the question to the crux of his “my word as a Biden” premise.
Are various members of the Biden clan so widely acclaimed for their honesty and integrity that it has become common knowledge that a Biden clan must be trustworthy?
His brother, Jim Biden, has “repeatedly tapped Joe’s political network for help with his finances, and has used Joe’s fame to promote his business ventures,” according to ProPublica.
Entering the healthcare industry, Jim Biden told potential investors that “his last name could open doors and Joe Biden was excited about the public policy implications of their business models,” Politico reported.
Americore Health, a hospital company affiliated with Jim Biden, filed for bankruptcy in 2019 and has been the subject of a federal investigation. Americore Health saw two of its properties raided by the FBI in 2020.
The news reports include the claim that Jim Biden has “transferred money from Americore to himself in the form of personal loans.”
And no discussion of the integrity of the Biden family can be complete without mentioning Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Hunter Biden has had a colorful professional career to say the least, exposing the contents of his infamous laptop.
The evidence found there showed that he arranged meetings between his father and foreign businessmen from Mexico, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
Hunter Biden benefited greatly from Ukrainian energy company Burisma despite having no industry expertise while his father was vice president and responsible for US policy towards Ukraine.
And Hunter Biden traveled with his father on Air Force Two to Beijing, where he met Chinese business partners.
It has been confirmed that Hunter is personally the target of an FBI money laundering investigation.
And now his newfound career as a profitable artist is scratching the heads of ethicists about why the White House would allow secret dealings between the president’s son and unknown art collectors in an industry rife with money laundering.
So, the next time Joe Biden utters his “word like a Biden,” ask yourself: What exactly is that worth?
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