Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at New Hope Baptist Church, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Joe Biden may have just solidified the nomination for the Democratic Party on Tuesday night with more primary wins.
But that isn’t going to stop questions about whether he’s fit for the office from the confusion and the multiple gaffes to the confrontations with voters, even threatening them as he did to an autoworker yesterday, threatening to slap him because he asked him a question about his position on guns.
But just as important, if not more, is Biden’s history of significant and demonstrable lies.
He told another whopper in an MSNBC interview with Lawrence O’Donnell.
He basically said during the interview two unbelievable things – that he voted for the Iraq war to not go to war and that he didn’t believe that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Not backed by anyone else’s reporting that I know of either. It is simply a false account of what Biden did and said at the time. Thread below establishes that. https://t.co/5bipEjrb3h
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 10, 2020
From Washington Examiner:
In an interview ahead of the Michigan primary election on Tuesday, Biden told Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word that he voted in support of the Iraq War even though, internally, he had reservations about the veracity of claims that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction” and only voted to authorize military force to stop a war.
“I didn’t believe [Hussein] had those nuclear weapons. I didn’t believe he had weapons of mass destruction,” Biden said. “What happened was we went in, determined that they hyped what in fact was occurring. There was no concrete proof of what he was doing — and they still went to war.”
Both claims are nonsensical. Why would you vote for the war if you didn’t think he might have WMDs? That was the whole concern. He’s just admitting that he didn’t believe the premise for going to war but still voted for it? What does voting for the war to stop the war even mean, that’s just ridiculous.
Not to mention just factually, what he’s saying about what his positions were is just factually untrue. Demonstrably so, because there’s evidence of his positions at the time.
But Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time of the Iraq War, was a leading Democratic supporter of the president, repeatedly saying it was the duty of the United States to “take him [Hussein] down.” When George W. Bush cited U.S. intelligence and claimed Iraq had chemical and biological weapons in 2002, then-Sen. Biden helped pass the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution when he voted “yea” in support of it.
“There’s a lot of us who voted for giving the president the authority to take down Saddam Hussein if he didn’t disarm,” said Biden during a CNN interview in March 2003. “And there are those who believe, at the end of the day, even though it wasn’t handled all that well, we still have to take him down.”
He continued the support through 2003, months after the start of the war.
“Saddam Hussein is no longer in power, and that is a very good thing,” Biden said. “We still haven’t heard a single clear statement from the president of the United States of America articulating his policy in general and specifically that securing Iraq will cost billions of American dollars, require tens of thousands of American troops for an extended period of time, and that it’s worth it, and, most importantly, that it is in our national interest to stay the course — a view that I strongly hold.”
Biden noted that “some in my own party have said that it was a mistake to go to Iraq in the first place and believe that it’s not worth the cost, whatever benefit may flow from our engagement in Iraq,” but argued that “the cost of not acting against Saddam I think would have been much greater, and so will be the cost of not finishing this job.”
The then-senator claimed “anyone who can’t acknowledge that the world is better off without [Saddam], with all due respect, I think is out of touch. That was the case against Saddam, and the president made it well.”
Biden was confronted over it by a veteran last week and he turned his back on the man.
Veterans confront Joe Biden over his support of the Iraq War: “You are disqualified.. Their blood Is on your hands” pic.twitter.com/5jDJixQoh9
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 6, 2020
Enjoy this video fact check of Joe Biden claiming his vote to authorize the Iraq War was actually a vote against war. pic.twitter.com/kMQnuixtxb
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) March 10, 2020
The Hill just rips him apart in this segment saying his claims on MSNBC are just out and out lies.