Joe Biden wants you to believe he is not the man he used to be. In fact, who he once was, he still is: a serial plagiarizer. This matters because Biden’s handlers are attempting to market him as a man of character when the truth is, his nearly half-century career as a politician is strewn with half-truths, plagiarism, and outright lies.
At last month’s Democratic National Convention, Democrats focused almost exclusively on character. Biden himself drew the contrast. In his acceptance speech he said, “Character is on the ballot. Compassion is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot.”
In his first year in law school he plagiarized a law review article for a brief he had written, and when caught admitted to it. He tried to explain it away by saying he was not “malevolent” but merely “very stupid.”
Later, in his first of three bids for the presidency, Biden claimed he attended law school on a full scholarship, graduated in the top half of his class, and had three undergraduate degrees. In fact, he attended law school on a half-scholarship, graduated 76 out of 85 in his class, and earned only one undergraduate degree.
And well into his career, he was still plagiarizing. He lifted quotes from speeches of Robert Kennedy, John F. Kennedy and Neil Kinnock, a British Labour Party leader, without any attribution.
“Incredibly, some people are voting for Biden based upon his character, but that is exactly why he was forced out of the race in 1988,” said Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government.
In the case of Kinnock, Biden went beyond plagiarizing his speeches, and appropriated Kinnock’s life story as his own. “Joe Biden couldn’t tell the truth if it was written by Neil Kinnock himself,” commented Manning.
Biden has spent the second half of his political career trying to make people forget about the first half. And to a large degree he has succeeded. But what is left is a hollowed out human being, a man incapable to telling his own story, or perhaps even knowing it.
In recent months, Biden has struggled on multiple occasions to answer questions without a teleprompter. It’s so bad, it’s become a cottage industry on YouTube to mock Biden’s awkwardness in front of the camera.
Given Biden’s questionable character, it’s curious his party chose to make this election a referendum on his character. Perhaps that’s because running on his policies would be worse.
Biden has said if elected, he would defund the police, confiscate firearms, raise taxes, and shut down the country again.
Which is worse, Biden’s character or his policies?
“It’s a tough call. They’re both bad,” said Manning. “Joe Biden is a serial plagiarizer and appropriator who plays fast and loose with the truth. If elected, his policies will tank our economy and leave Americans defenseless.”
Check out this damning reel of Biden lies in these news clips from the late 1980s. One pundit sums up Joe Biden of 1988 with these prescient words, “If they are going to do things that are stupid, as well as immoral, then they’re probably too dumb to have the job of president.”
— resistthedonkey (@resistthedonkey) November 12, 2019
Biden thinks he’s through with the past, but, as the old saying goes, “the past ain’t through with you.” Americans for Limited Government aims to make sure of that.
Catherine Mortensen is the Vice President of Communications for Americans for Limited Government.
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