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Joe Biden’s Credibility Gap
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President Joe Biden, Jan. 9, 2022 (Marlin360/Shutterstock)

You can’t say President Joe Biden is shy about telling bold-faced lies. Whether it be his plagiarism years ago or the recent disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal or the state of the economy, Biden simply cannot stop himself from lying.

This time around, taking a break from saying he never discussed his son Hunter’s business dealings with him — which Hunter’s “laptop from hell” has now proven to be completely untrue — Biden lies about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Specifically, from his COVID isolation he issues a statement clearly designed to protect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her absolute abandonment of her responsibility to protect the Capitol. He blames then-President Trump for what, in fact, was Pelosi’s doing.

Here is Biden’s statement, per Fox News:

On January 6, we relied on law enforcement to save our democracy. We saw what happened. The Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies were attacked and assaulted before our very eyes. Speared, sprayed, stomped on, brutalized. Lives were lost. And for three hours, the defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office.

While he was doing that, brave law enforcement officers were subject to the medieval hell for three hours, dripping in blood, surrounded by carnage, face to face with a crazed mob that believed the lies of the defeated president.

Where to begin to unpack this cascade of blatant falsehoods? Let’s start here:

On January 6, we relied on law enforcement to save our democracy.

No.

Again, as I noted earlier this week here in The American Spectator, John Solomon’s Just the News headlined the facts as presented by the Capitol Police in their official timeline. The headline:

Trump Pentagon first offered National Guard to Capitol four days before Jan. 6 riots, memo shows

Official Capitol Police timeline validates Trump administration’s account, shows Democrats’ fateful rejections of offers. “Seems absolutely illogical,” one official wrote about security posture hours before riot began.

Which is to say, Speaker Pelosi, whose responsibility it was to protect the Capitol, deliberately rejected the use of the National Guard as offered by Trump. There was no National Guard there to “save our democracy” because Pelosi, along with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, refused to have troops deployed.

Next, Biden says this:

We saw what happened. The Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies were attacked and assaulted before our very eyes.

How did that happen? It happened, again, because Pelosi ignored her responsibility to protect both the Capitol Building and the “Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police, other law enforcement agencies” on the Capitol grounds, and thus, without that protection as offered by President Trump, they “were attacked and assaulted before our very eyes.” This would never have happened if the building and grounds had been surrounded and protected by Trump’s offer of 10,000 to 20,000 National Guardsmen. And no one would have been “[s]peared, sprayed, stomped on, brutalized” if protesters could not have even gotten close to the building. It is, in fact, a lie to say otherwise.

Biden says: 

And for three hours, the defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office.

Another Biden lie as he tries to imply Trump did nothing. In fact, within 25 minutes of the breach of the Capitol, Trump sent a tweet out to the crowd that said exactly this:

Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!

It was the second time he had requested a peaceful protest within an hour or so, the first being in his televised speech in which he called on the protesters to march “peacefully and patriotically.”

In other words, another series of Biden lies about Trump, this time lies designed to protect Pelosi.

But, this being Joe Biden, there is more on the lying front on a subject that has nothing to do with Jan. 6. Here’s just one example, from Breitbart:

‘Soviet-Style Propaganda’: Republicans Rip Biden White House for Redefining ‘Recession’ Amid Economic Contraction

This jewel of Bidenism is reported as follows:

Republican officials in the House and Senate ripped into the Biden administration after it attempted to redefine what constitutes a recession while concerns mount about a significant decline in economic activity this year.

On Thursday, ahead of a potentially negative GDP report expected later this week — the annualized economic growth rate shrank by 1.6% in the first quarter of this year and appears to have contracted even more in the second — a White House blog post attempted to redefine the term “recession.”

Got that? For forever and a day, a recession has been defined by economists as two successive quarters of negative growth. Suddenly, according to Joe Biden and his minions, the actual, quite professional, and long-standing definition of a recession no longer applies. It has been “redefined.”

Then, when the new figures for the just-passed second quarter were actually announced, Fox reported this of Biden’s reaction:

President Biden said the United States “is not in a recession” despite Thursday’s GDP report, saying it is “no surprise that the economy is slowing down” amid inflation.

The U.S. economy shrank in the spring for the second consecutive quarter, meeting the criteria for a recession as record-high inflation and higher interest rates forced consumers and businesses to pull back on spending.

In other words? Whether the subject is Hunter Biden’s shady dealings, the facts of Jan. 6, or the definition of what constitutes a recession, Joe Biden’s instinctive, go-to reaction is … to lie.

For those who may not have been around in the 1960s, America has had a president like this before. That president was Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. And the lies he had a habit of telling about what was happening in the Vietnam War quickly became infamous, enough that they were termed LBJ’s “credibility gap.”

In the day, the dean of New York Times columnists, James Reston, wrote this:

The time has come to call a spade a bloody shovel. This country is in an undeclared and unexplained war in Vietnam. Our masters have a lot of long and fancy names for it, like escalation and retaliation, but it is war just the same.

Over at Wikipedia, it is correctly noted that the term “credibility gap” was “used in journalism as a euphemism for recognized lies told to the public by politicians.” And the most prominent politician of the day was in the White House — LBJ.

In fact, LBJ’s credibility was so heavily damaged that he not only drew two Democratic challengers for his renomination in 1968 (Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy) but finally was forced to give up his bid, leaving the White House for good in January of 1969.

All of which is to say, President Joe Biden’s reflexive instinct to simply look journalists, the television cameras, and ultimately the American people straight in the eye and lie — about his role in Hunter’s shady business dealings, the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, the recession, and more — is increasingly producing Biden’s own LBJ-style “credibility gap.”

Suffice to say, this will not end well, as history records. For either Joe Biden — or America.

And that’s no lie.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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