90 Miles From Tyranny : Tree of ‘Lies’ for Shameless Joe Biden over faux synagogue visit: Devine

Monday, September 6, 2021

Tree of ‘Lies’ for Shameless Joe Biden over faux synagogue visit: Devine

Joe Biden’s tall tale about going to the Tree of Life synagogue after the 2018 massacre is not the product of an ageing memory but symptomatic of a lifetime of lies.

It’s only now, with “Honest Joe” in the top job, that this character flaw is starting to be widely understood, as the latest polls show the president of moderation is losing the middle ground.

“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden told Jewish leaders in a virtual address Thursday on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

But, as Post reporter Steven Nelson discovered when he phoned the Pittsburgh synagogue, Biden never visited the Tree of Life once in the three years since that anti-Semitic attack.

The dishonesty was vintage Biden, on two levels. First is the chutzpah of the untruth, which he expects will be protected from fact-checking by media favoritism and the innate politeness of Americans.

Second is that Biden told the lie to rev up the anti-white-supremacist campaign which has animated his presidency since day one. It is a peculiar crusade, based around demonizing all Trump supporters as somehow complicit in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which had nothing to do with white supremacy, anyway, and everything to do with an election some believed had been stolen.

It is peculiar also because, more than any politician in office today, Biden was aligned with old segregationist Democrat senators, such as former KKK recruiter Robert Byrd.

So Biden posing as a civil-rights activist is as authentic as his brilliant-white teeth and hair plugs, or his “devout” Catholicism while promoting abortion, or his claim to be the poorest man in Congress while he and his family live like kings.

Over his decades in politics, he has constructed a mythical persona full of tall tales of derring-do, exaggerations and outright lies about his accomplishments. He lied about nonexistent academic awards and scholarships and plagiarized speeches willy-nilly.

He pretended that he trained as a racial activist in black churches, claimed he was at the center of the civil-rights movement in Selma and Birmingham, and that he had been arrested in Soweto on his way to see Nelson Mandela in prison. None of it was true.

Each lie served to boost his ego, to place him as the shining superhero of every grandiose story.

If ever he felt his idealized self-image were challenged, he would fly into what can best be described as controlled narcissistic rage. We saw glimpses during the 2020 campaign when he called one man “fat” and challenged him to pushups.

Witnesses still talk about Biden’s unhinged reaction to perceived disrespect from billionaire financier Bill Ackman at a private VIP dinner in Las Vegas in 2017. He waved his fist inches from Ackman’s face, one witness recalls, and called him an “a–hole” after the billionaire cracked a joke about Biden’s loquaciousness, according to media reports at the time, though his campaign denied the story.

But this inner weirdness is the pattern of his life. It was captured in a video of Biden at a campaign stop in New Hampshire in 1987, when he angrily berated a man who asked how well he did at law school. “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do,” said Biden, jabbing the air with his finger, then lying shamelessly about his academic record.

Even when caught out, he repeated the false tales. He seemed to have no shame, as if he had come to believe his own fantasies and had some psychogenic compulsion to...

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