President Joe Biden has developed a reputation not only for public gaffes but also embellished details or outright lies about his role in certain major events.
That appeared to be the case on Thursday when he claimed to have visited the Tree of Life Synagogue following a mass shooting at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, site nearly three years ago.
“Happening in America”
For its part, the synagogue says it has no record that Biden ever actually came to the location.
Reports indicate Biden made the disputed claim during a teleconference with a group of rabbis ahead of the upcoming holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
After discussing the Holocaust and mentioning antisemitic hate crimes, Biden referenced the Pittsburgh shooting that left 11 victims dead.
“I remember spending time at the — you know, going to the — you know, the Tree of Life Synagogue, speaking with the — just — it’s just is amazing these things are happening — happening in America,” the president said.
As the New York Post reported, however, his claim appears to be a figment of his imagination.
“Renewal and forgiveness”
“Tree of Life’s executive director Barb Feige asserted that Biden did not visit the synagogue either as president or as a Democratic candidate during the 2020 campaign.
Then-President Donald Trump, however, visited the site just three days after the shooting and brought along with him his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, both of whom are Jewish.
Rather than visit personally, Biden opted to release a statement on the second anniversary of the attack that focused on antisemitism with a subtle link to the Trump administration.
The White House has since acknowledged that Biden misspoke, but it is just one more troubling statement for a president who is already losing support based on a string of prior missteps and blunders. According to the White House statement, Biden called the rabbi at the Tree of Life in 2019 to express condolences and support.
Despite his contrary pro-abortion views, Biden also took the opportunity on Thursday to tout his Catholic faith, asserting that the pope is “all about renewal and forgiveness,” noting that he hopes “to get to see him in the not too distant future.”