The Trump campaign shared a video on Twitter that questions the personal integrity of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
In the video, then-Senator Biden is seen addressing a group about his education telling them a number of things that ultimately turned out to be a lie.
And, they were quickly exposed.
Biden tells the group he was the only person at the Syracuse University Law School with a full scholarship and graduated in the top half of his class. He also said he also graduated from the University of Delaware with three undergraduate degrees, was named Outstanding Political Science Student, and totaled over 160 credits.
But, again, none of this was true. And, not even close.
According to the video, when Biden graduated law school in 1968, he did so 76th in a class of 85 people. He also only had a half-scholarship and he finished his undergraduate program with just one degree.
Check it out:
Joe Biden has been lying about his personal life for decades. pic.twitter.com/w259GL5fVJ
— Brad Parscale – Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@parscale) May 5, 2020
Biden is no stranger to controversy as he previously had to drop from a presidential race in 1988 due to concerns about plagiarism.
From ABC News:
His campaign first began to unravel after the rival campaign of Democratic candidate, and eventual nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis distributed a video of a speech in which Biden quoted several phrases from British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock without attribution. Biden would later write in his memoir that it was a “slip in the standard attribution,” that he normally gave Kinnock credit when he quoted him, and that he should have corrected his own error soon after it was made.
The story went into a tailspin as additional revelations surfaced suggesting a pattern of plagiarism in Biden’s past, including an incident in law school when he was accused of plagiarizing several pages of a paper that lacked proper citation. Biden defended the law school incident, saying it wasn’t a “malevolent” error and that he misunderstood how to cite sources in his early law school career.
Having lost control of the narrative of his candidacy, Biden withdrew from the race in September of 1987 and focused his efforts on his role as the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was in the process of considering the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice at the time.
As TIME reports, the “final blow” to Biden 1988 campaign was the unearthed C-SPAN video no being shared by the Trump campaign.
From the report:
The “final blow” for the campaign came when Newsweek unearthed C-SPAN footage of Biden rattling off his academic accomplishments, including saying that he graduated in the top half of his law school, when in fact, he ranked 76th out of 85.
Biden announced he was dropping out of the race on Sept. 24, 1987. (To make things even, Biden later jokingly gave Kinnock some of his speeches to use “with or without attribution” during a January 1988 trip to Europe.) About twenty years later, in his 2008 memoir Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, he wrote that the plagiarism scandal was his own fault. “When I stopped trying to explain to everybody and thought it through, the blame fell totally on me,” he wrote. “Maybe the reporters traveling with me had seen me credit Kinnock over and over, but it was Joe Biden who forgot to credit Kinnock at the State Fair debate.”
A couple of people responded to the Trump campaign video with Biden videos of their own:
— fleyerm (@fleyerm1) May 5, 2020
— Dynasty Driven🦉 (@DynastyDriven) May 5, 2020