President Joe Biden has a long history of telling tall tales, embellishing old stories, speaking half-truths, or even telling outright lies over his political career, and that certainly hasn’t stopped since he entered the White House last year.
On Thursday, Biden told another outright lie to the American people when he falsely asserted that he “never said a negative thing” about the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Daily Wire reported.
That easily debunkable utterance came as Biden posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to the deceased senator, along with 16 others who received the highest honor that can be given to a civilian.
Biden talks up a prior friendship with McCain
During the award ceremony at the White House, President Biden spoke fondly of a friendship that had developed with McCain when he had been a senator from Delaware and McCain had been a Naval liaison working with a Senate committee that Biden served on, and even claimed credit for convincing McCain to run for the Senate from his home state of Arizona.
Then, in reference to the 2008 presidential election, Biden said, “We ran against each other, which I didn’t like, on tickets for the highest office in the land. I was a candidate for vice president, he was the candidate for president.”
“I never stopped admiring John,” he added. “Never said a negative thing about him in my life because I knew his honor, his courage, and his commitment.”
“I never stopped admiring John. Never said a negative thing about him in my life because I knew his honor, his courage and his commitment.”
— ABC News (@ABC) July 7, 2022
According to Fox News, however, that claim from Biden that he “never said a negative thing” about McCain is simply not true, and the 2008 election referenced by Biden himself proves the falsity of his assertion.
Biden, as running mate to future President Barack Obama, routinely attacked McCain, the Republican nominee, on both a personal and political level throughout the 2008 campaign.
According to the Associated Press in Oct. 2008, then-VP candidate Biden denigrated McCain during a speech in Florida when he said of his friend-turned-rival, “You can’t call yourself a maverick when all you’ve ever been is a sidekick.”
Later in that same speech, according to NBC News at the time, Biden further attacked McCain when he proclaimed that “what a majority of American people are looking for — a steady hand, leadership, an optimist; not an angry man, lurching from one position to another,” and went on further to accuse the McCain campaign of “injecting fear and loathing into this campaign” and using “dangerous” and inciteful rhetoric against Obama.
Reuters also reported in October 2008 about a speech Biden gave in which he seemed to belittle McCain’s manhood and challenge him to a fight — as he so often did against Trump — over legitimate questions the GOP nominee had asked about Obama, when Biden said, “In my neighborhood where I came from if you got something to say to a man, look him in the eye and say it.”