The world is, by now, getting used to President Joe Biden’s propensity to embellish the truth, but when he claimed on Friday that he has “been to every mass shooting,” people on social media hit the pause button.
Even CNN tore into Biden with a brutal fact-check that details the magnitude of his shameless lie.
When his metaphorical pants burst into flames, Biden was announcing from the White House Rose Garden the “creation of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention — the first office in our history.”
“I created — by executive order, I determined to send a clear message about how important this issue is to me and to the country,” he said. “It matters.”
“And here’s why,” he continued. “After every mass shooting, we hear a simple message — the same message heard all over the country, and I’ve been to every mass shooting: ‘Do something. Please do something. Do something to prevent the tragedies that leave behind survivors who will always carry the physical and emotional scars, families who will never be the same, communities overwhelmed by grief and trauma. Do something. Do something.'”
“Well, my administration has been working relentlessly to do something,” he vowed.
BIDEN: “I’ve been to every mass shooting” pic.twitter.com/nxI5WkosIn
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 22, 2023
Second Amendment rights and privacy concerns aside, folks on X seized on the statement — and not in a way the president had presumably hoped.
“Biden has been to EVERY mass shooting!” exclaimed one user. “Sounds like a confession!”
Biden has been to EVERY mass shooting! Sounds like a confession! pic.twitter.com/ZBgGwPkmND
— Aggie (@Kwood3020) September 23, 2023
“I’ve been to every mass shooting.”
Sounds like a confession to me. I think we can close the book on every unsolved mass shooting.
— 156792845992 (@01793695368257a) September 23, 2023
So if biden has been to every mass shooting, why has he not been questioned as a suspect? It’s a little suspicious…✌️ https://t.co/Z6z1K8P6HX
— THE_big_XRP_ness✌ (@big_xrp) September 22, 2023
But it will no doubt be CNN’s fact-check of the president’s claims that will sting the most.
“Biden has not been to even close to ‘every’ mass shooting site – even if he was referring only to mass shootings during his presidency,” according to CNN.
“Minutes later in the Friday speech, he said ‘our country has experienced more than 500 mass shootings’ so far in 2023 alone,” the outlet continued. “Biden has made one trip this year in connection to a specific mass shooting. He made three such trips in 2021 and 2022 combined.”
President Biden falsely claimed that he has been to the site of “every mass shooting,” the latest in a series of false claims about his travel record https://t.co/iaPznI1cWw
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 23, 2023
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale details Biden’s appearances at mass shooting sites since taking office.
“In March 2023, Biden visited Monterey Park, California, where there was a mass shooting at a dance studio in January,” Dale writes. “He traveled to Buffalo in May 2022 days after a massacre at a supermarket, then traveled to Uvalde, Texas the same month following a massacre at an elementary school.”
“In 2021,” he writes, “he met with Asian American leaders in Atlanta after a shooting spree at spas there killed eight people including six women of Asian descent.”
“But Biden did not go to the sites of numerous other mass shootings during his presidency, including many that received significant national attention,” Dale reports. “For example, he did not travel to the sites of shootings this year and last at a mall in Allen, Texas; farms in Half Moon Bay, California; a Christian school in Nashville; a bank in Louisville, Kentucky; a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia; or a parade in Highland Park, Illinois.”
“And by Biden’s own count, that’s a small fraction of the mass shootings during his presidency,” he states. “At the time of Biden’s speech, the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks mass shootings (and defines them as shootings where four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooter), listed 506 such shootings in 2023.”
Even CNN appears to be tiring of Biden’s lies.
“Biden has repeatedly invented or embellished aspects of his travel history and other elements of his biography,” Dale notes. “Last week, he falsely claimed he went to Ground Zero in Manhattan ‘the next day’ after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; he was actually at the site nine days after the attacks.”
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