"Extreme Bidenisms"

December 20, 2022

President Biden has long been known for his “Bidenisms,” statements that have only a nodding acquaintance with the truth or else are truly jaw-dropping gaffes. But the past few days have brought some examples that are extreme even for him.

Like his story that he swore (“my word as a Biden,” for what that’s worth) was true, about using his clout as Vice President to get his Uncle Frank a Purple Heart for his heroism in World War II. Problem: his uncle died before Joe became VP, and he never received a Purple Heart. As for gaffes, imagine the stunned silence of the audience that was treated to him declaring, “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid.”

At that link, Jeff Crouere of looks back at Biden’s lifetime of pathological lying and notes that it’s becoming even more frequent and over-the-top. But is it really lying if the person spinning these fantastic confabulations doesn’t even know they’re not true? These latest developments might not call for a lie detector test so much as a cognitive test.

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