Former Vice President Joe Biden has (again) been called out for telling a story that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. This time, it’s about his civil rights activism.
While speaking at a Labor Day event, Biden claimed, “I got very engaged — in my case — in the civil rights movement. As a kid, I worked a lot in the movement.”
This is a claim that first started spreading last year when he said he, “came out of the civil rights movement.”
But when compared to what Biden said in 1987, this is not true.
During a speech he gave while running for president in the 1980s, Biden said, “During the Sixties, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement. I was not an activist. I worked at an all-Black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, Delaware. I was involved in what they were thinking, in what they were feeling.”
He went on to say, “But I was not out marching, I was not down in Selma. I was not anywhere else.”
The most significant event in his past appears to be during a walkout of a restaurant in the 1960’s, where he was present.