President Joe Biden just claimed that an uncle of his won a Purple Heart during World War II, but, according to the Daily Wire, Biden’s story just doesn’t hold water.
Biden made the claim on Friday, during a town hall event that was held for U.S. veterans in Delaware.
“We got him the Purple Heart”
Biden shared with those in attendance a story about his Uncle Frank supposedly receiving a Purple Heart, a military decoration that is given to those service members who are either wounded or killed in battle.
You know, I — my dad, when I got elected vice president, he said, “Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.” He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge. But he said, “And, he won the Purple Heart. And, he never received it. He never — he never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We’ll surprise him.
Biden then went on to claim that he made it happen, saying, “So we got him the Purple Heart.”
“He had won it in the Battle of the Bulge,” Biden continued. “And, I remember he came over to the house, and I came out, and he said, “Present it to him, okay?” We had the family there.”
Biden concluded his story by claiming that Uncle Frank rejected the medal. Biden said:
I said, “Uncle Frank, you won this. And I want to…” He said, “I don’t want the damn thing.” No, I’m serious. He said, “I don’t want it.” I said, “What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.” He said, “Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.
Hmmm . . .
As with many stories that Biden tells, it turns out that this one likely isn’t true, according to the New York Post and many others who have checked up on it.
There is actually a fairly large flaw with this particular story.
The Post reports:
Biden’s father, Joseph R. Biden Sr., died in September 2002 — more than six years before his son was elected vice president. Frank Biden, Joe Sr.’s brother, died in 1999.
That’s not all, though. The Post further reports:
Frank Biden’s tombstone does not identify him as a Purple Heart honoree, nor does his obituary. A partial registry of known Purple Heart recipients also doesn’t note anyone by that name receiving the award, though that database is not comprehensive. The Post’s librarians could not locate prior references to Frank Biden receiving the Purple Heart . . . in the Nexis archive and the Factba.se repository of Joe Biden’s public statements also doesn’t contain prior references.
“The biggest serial liar ever elected”
Suffice it to say that social media is having a field day with this one.
Conservative radio host Mark Simone probably summed the matter up best, tweeting, “The biggest serial liar ever elected, Joe Biden, gets caught with another ridiculous tall tale.”
Neither Biden nor the White House has commented on the matter.