Listening to Joe Biden on the campaign trail may lead voters to believe Joe Biden grew up as a poor black child. Many of his public recollections of his childhood include interactions with Black Americans. While campaigning in the Democrat presidential primary, Biden addressed a crowd of mostly young blacks where he told them about how he worked as a lifeguard at a community pool in a mostly black neighborhood. Biden bragged to the crowd of young Blacks about how he stood up to the dangerous gang leader, “Corn Pop,” who mocked after he refused to follow the rules.

On Sept. 29, Joe Biden was caught lying about attending the historically black college, Delaware State University.

The 77-year-old Democrat made his claim while praising historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) during a town hall event last October before the South Carolina Democratic primary.

“Now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State. They’re my folks,” he told the pupils.

But, like man thing Sleepy Joe says, he wasn’t exactly telling the truth. In fact, the university came out shortly after Biden’s speech to correct the record, saying that Biden had only been a commencement speaker there, decades after his start in politics.

Biden went on to study at Syracuse University College of Law…where he failed a class after being accused of plagiarism, according to the New York Post.

Now, it appears that the Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden has been caught lying again, as congregants of a black church Joe Biden claimed he attended in Wilmington, Del., as a teenager,  say they don’t recall him ever attending their church.

WFB reports – “I got raised in the black church,” Biden said in a speech to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition last year. “We would go sit in Rev. Herring’s church, sit there before we’d go out, and try to change things when I was a kid in college and in high school.”

The church Biden referenced, Union Baptist Church, was a prominent African-American church in Wilmington run by Rev. Otis Herring, an acclaimed pastor who passed away in 1996. But Biden has made comments that seem to contradict the account. When reporters questioned Biden’s claim in 1987 that he marched in the civil rights movement, he acknowledged that he “wasn’t an activist” and that his most significant experience with civil rights as a youth was when he worked at a majority-black swimming pool as a college sophomore in 1962.

Now, interviews with long-time church members are raising questions about his story. Biden befriended Herring as an adult, they say, but they do not recall him attending the church as a teenager.

Phyllis Drummond, Herring’s longtime assistant who attended Union Baptist for 39 years, said she was not involved with the church in the early 1960s but does not think Biden attended at that time. “No. Not at our building. I think he was probably in Claymont, [Del.,] [or] in Pennsylvania then,” Drummond told the Washington Free Beacon.

Juanita Matthew, who joined Union Baptist in the 1970s and has run its affiliated day-care center for decades, said she wasn’t aware of Biden’s attendance as a teenager. Herring, she said, befriended Biden after the newly elected senator’s wife and daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972, and Biden became “a great friend of the church and the pastor.”

Biden’s biographical claims have raised eyebrows since his first presidential run over three decades ago, when he was forced to drop out of the race after falsely claiming that he was the first in his family to attend college and that he was the descendant of coal miners. In February, Biden repeatedly told a story about getting arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa in the late 1970s. But the campaign later acknowledged this was not true following a New York Times report that challenged the claim. Andrew Young, a United Nations ambassador who traveled with Biden to South Africa, told the Times, “I was never arrested and I don’t think [Biden] was, either.”

The former vice president has also made dubious claims in the past few years about having his helicopter “forced down” down outside Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Afghanistan and getting shot at in Iraq.

Biden also claimed to have participated in anti-segregation sit-ins along Route 40 when he was just 18 years old, which could not be corroborated by participants and historians.

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