More campaign trail claims from Democratic nominee Joe Biden have been called into question — this time his tales of being “raised” in a black church in Delaware where he was supposedly a civil rights organizer.
The former veep, 77, has repeatedly spoken about participating in the civil rights movement as a teenager in the 1960s and of attending organizing sessions at the Union Baptist Church in Wilmington — then run by the Rev. Otis Herring, an acclaimed pastor who died in 1996.
But congregants and a longtime assistant to Herring at the prominent black church told the Washington Free Beacon this week that they never remembered Biden attending as he claimed, and said he met Herring as an adult.
When asked if Biden attended Union Baptist, Phyllis Drummond, Herring’s longtime assistant who attended the church for four decades, said: “No. Not at our building.”
Juanita Matthew, another longtime member, told the Free Beacon that she also wasn’t aware of Biden’s attendance as a high school student.
She said Herring only befriended Biden after the newly elected senator’s wife and daughter were killed in a tragic car accident in 1972, but called the lawmaker “a great friend of the church and the pastor.”
In various stump speeches during the Democratic primary, Biden repeatedly claimed he was at Union Baptist every weekend and was involved in organizing anti-segregation protests.
“When I was a teenager in Delaware, for real, I got involved in the civil rights movement,” Biden told a crowd of parishioners at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in South Carolina on Jan. 20.
“I’d go to 8 o’clock Mass, then I’d go to Reverend Herring’s church where we’d meet in order to organize and figure where we were going to go, whether we were going to desegregate the Rialto movie theater or what we were going to do,” he went on.
“I got my education, for real, in the black church, and that’s not hyperbole, it’s a fact,” he said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Ebony Bowden