Biden says Jan 6 riot influenced Putin’s invasion plans; talks about FIVE cops killed. Lies. Outright!

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A day after he lied during his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden essentially lied again by suggesting during a speech at the University of Wisconsin-Superior that the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol was somehow to blame for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

To hear the president tell it, the divisions laid bare by the Jan. 6th riot convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin that he’d be able to get away with invading Ukraine because America would be too divided to stand up to him.

“Vladimir Putin was counting on being able to split up the United States. Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament, kill five cops, injure 145 — or the German Bundestag or the Italian Parliament? I think you’d wonder,” the president said.

This stunning remark triggered an outpouring of backlash because they were blatant lies.

Look:

The Trump supporters who participated in the Jan. 6th riot killed zero cops. The only death sustained during the riot was that of one of the rioters, Ashli Babbitt. Following the riot, one police officer died of a stroke, and four others committed suicide.

It’s not clear whether the president made the claim because he’d purposefully sought to lie to the American people, or whether he’s simply that mentally ill.

Critics have noted that his SOTU address was full to the brim with gaffes:

But on the other hand, Democrats have repeatedly lied about the Jan. 6th riot.

And in May of 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president believes “there are a number of officers who lost their lives, paid a tremendous sacrifice on a day that will be a stain on our democracy for many years to come.”

Perhaps she’d simply misspoke, but she made it sound as if the president believes “a number of officers … lost their lives” specifically on Jan. 6th. But again, that never happened.

Continuing his remarks at the University of Wisconsin-Superior this Wednesday, the president then took credit for the United Nations voting to condemn Russia.

“Well, that’s what the rest of the world saw. It’s not who we are. And now, we’re proving, under pressure, that we are not that country. We’re united,” he said, making one final reference to the Jan. 6th riot that he’d completely distorted a second earlier.

“And folks, that’s how I was able — we were able to make sure we kept Europe united and the free world united. A vote in the United Nations to condemn Putin — 141 countries voted to do that in the U.N. General Assembly.”

FYI, the vote was symbolic and not legally binding, meaning it held no real meaning. Moreover, the president’s rhetoric seemed to ignore the elephant in the room, which is that the United States hadn’t prevented Russia from invading in the first place.

“The U.S.-led diplomatic and intelligence blitz over the past month exposed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in Ukraine but fell short of halting his invasion,” Foreign Policy magazine notes.

Even before the invasion occurred (and certainly after), the president’s critics in the Republican Party were warning that his “weakness” was emboldening Putin:

And it just so happens that their criticism is backed by polling data showing that a 62 percent majority of Americans believe the invasion would have never occurred had former President Donald Trump still been in office.

I.e., the same Donald Trump whom Democrats like Biden have claimed is responsible for the Jan. 6th riot, ironically enough:

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