Biden completely makes up a visit to Pittsburgh synagogue victimized by mass shooting in speech to Jewish leaders
The president of the United States has completely lost touch with reality. This is Twenty-Fifth Amendment territory, my friends. "No joke," as the addled executive would say. Like some Walter Mitty of compassion, Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. substituted himself for President Donald J. Trump as the person who visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after a deranged gunman attacked the house of worship in 2018. This is not ancient history, but a mere three years ago. Here is the fantasy claim:
Here’s Joe Biden talking about visiting Tree of Life synagogue after the massacre there. The executive director of the synagogue says Biden is lying — he never visited. Totally normal. pic.twitter.com/GcFjU2u50i— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) September 2, 2021
Steve Nelson of the New York Post fact-checked the claim:
Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack.
In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that "no" Biden didn't visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.
Biden's predecessor did visit the synagogue:
Then-President Donald Trump visited the Tree of Life three days after the worst anti-Jewish hate crime in US history. Trump was joined by prominent Jewish members of his administration, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Biden last year issued a statement on the second anniversary of the attack, saying, "When anti-Semitism is allowed to fester, it shreds the fabric of our communities and erodes our soul."
So Biden transposed himself into President Trump in his fractured memories. Like Walter Mitty imagining himself a brave airman, Biden imagines himself a compassionate man and opponent of anti-Semitism.
This level of detachment from reality is very dangerous in a president.
Update. Roger Luchs makes an interesting argument that this is not senility but a character issue:
Biden has a history of plagiarizing, making things up about, e.g. being with Mandela in South Africa), graduating first in his class from law school,, etc etc – it is character flaw that existed long before he became demented – suggesting it cannot be attributed to his dementia, but rather was/is fundamental to his character, and as before, continue to serve as mechanism for Biden to assign himself a level of compassion, courage, intelligence, character he has never, ever had at any time during his adult life.
It’s a form of braggadocchio – like his on video comment of telling president of Ukraine – if you don’t fire prosecutor, US won’t loan you the $billion you requested – if you don’t believe me you can call Obama now – etc etc – all part of demonstrating with a “big” important, influential man he is – or as Hunter put it “the big guy”
I suspect anyone who did not evidence such ego/ self-importance thoughts when he/she was not experiencing dementia would not suddenly harbor such thoughts late in life, when dementia was setting in.
So Biden comment re visiting synagogue – a window into his character going back many decades – kind of like Hillary jumping out of helicopter while bullets whizzing by, Sen. Blumenthal serving in combat – when he didn’t, etc etc.,
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