The campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden has been hampered by gaffes – but a new mistake could be its most damaging so far.
The controversy surrounds a moving military story – which the former vice president claimed to be the "truth of God" – that Biden told at a campaign stop in New Hampshire earlier this month.
The only problem was that the story was not true, according to the Washington Post.
Biden's allegedly grand narrative was an emotional account of his decision to travel to Afghanistan, despite the concern of traveling to a war-torn region, to honor a naval captain for finding the body of his life. his comrade dead in action.
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According to Biden, he has dispelled his concerns about the risk of him traveling in this deadly region. "We can lose a vice president," he said, telling his words in front of a crowd at a rally on Friday. "We can not lose many more of these children. Not a joke. His story involved the captain, telling Dr Biden dramatically that he did not want a medal, because his comrade had ended up dying.
But after discussing with more than a dozen military and campaign sources, the Post determined that the event "had never happened" and that "almost every detail of the event" has not occurred. history seems to be incorrect ".
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"It seems that the former vice president has mixed elements of at least three real events in one story," wrote Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe.
They added that Biden had revealed a host of inaccurate facts in a matter of minutes.
"In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the wrong recipient, as well as his own role in the ceremony, "said Viser and Jaffe wrote.
The Post reported that the crowd of 400 people in Hanover was "killing" and the former vice president gave "his word as Biden" that the story was true on Friday.
Biden's story was perhaps the most inaccurate version of the story that he had told – although this is not the only time he has told it, according to the Post.
Biden's problems follow a long list of American politicians accused of fabricating military stories. Hillary Clinton, a former Democratic presidential candidate, confirmed that she had landed in Bosnia under sniper fire. Former state secretary John Kerry, party candidate in 2004, was also questioned about his military service in Vietnam.
The story of the former vice president, however, was not totally false. Army Staff Chad Workman was reportedly awarded a Biden medal after attempting to locate a dead soldier in a burning vehicle. Workman has told a similar story about the interactions between the two, "but with an additional detail," said the Post.
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"He remembered that Biden had met his gaze.Workman told the Vice President that he did not want the medal." I know you do not want it, "Biden answered softly," the Post reported.
Biden's war history was only the most recent incident to cast doubt on the mental acumen of the leader of 2020 as he stood in the presidency of the United States.
While his campaign has dismissed his blunders as part of a "press narrative", other observers have asserted that the number of verbal slippages is worrisome.
Over the last few days, Biden has incorrectly declared the decade of the assassination of Robert F. Kenndy and Martin Luther King Jr. He said he prefers "the truth to the facts" and wrongly identifies New Hampshire as being Vermont, while he was campaigning early in the primary state.
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The former vice president dismissed concerns about his age last weekend, urging voters not to support him if it was a problem.
"I say that if they're worried, do not vote for me," Biden said when addressing reporters in Keene, NH When a reporter told Biden that voters to whom he had been wondering if the former Delaware senator had lost a step, Biden replied, "What do you think?"
Biden's brain surgeon insisted that his patient was in good mental health and that he had no brain injury.
"It's just as sharp as it was 31 years ago. I have not seen any change, "said Dr. Neal Kassell, according to Politico. Kassell had previously treated Biden for cerebral aneurysms and monitored him for brain damage since his surgeries.
The gaffes seemed to have raised enough concern for the former vice president's allies to suggest reducing the number of events he had organized on the election campaign. David Axelrod, a former adviser to former President Obama, has denied this opinion, saying Thursday that he should not be cloistered as a presidential candidate.
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"It's a bad tip.You can not hide the candidate and win," tweeted Axelrod, the chief strategist of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. "Either he can cut it, or he can not, and the only way to prove it is to be an active and vigorous candidate." He presents himself to the presidency of the United States, for God's sake "