During a campaign stop at Limestone College on Wednesday afternoon, Joe Biden repeated his false claim that he participated in the civil rights movement.
“A lot of folks like me come out of the civil rights movement,” Biden said, in the middle of his opening remarks about how the Trump administration allegedly emboldens racists and white supremacists.
Biden, 76, turned just 21 a mere two days after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Yet there is no evidence the former vice president involved himself in any marches or protests during the civil rights movement.
Biden’s remarks in South Carolina weren’t the first time he has made the unsubstantiated claims.
Going all the way back to 1983, then-Sen. Biden told individuals attending the Maine Democratic Conference that he “participated in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants and movie houses” in his home state of Delaware.
During a Martin Luther King Day breakfast in 2014, Biden said he “got involved in desegregating movie theaters.”
In February 2019, Biden told an audience at a book event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that he “came out of the civil rights movement.”
Later, in July, he took a step further at a San Francisco fundraiser, saying he “got involved in the civil rights movement as a kid.”