President Joe Biden is revamping a story he promoted years ago when he claimed he was “shot at” overseas, similar to a false claims that failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former NBC anchor Brian Williams have made in the past.
The comments from Biden came during a speech to State Department employees, saying, “You have great personal courage. I’ve been with some of you when we’ve been shot at.”
Biden has made similar comments in the past and even was forced to take back his comments in 2007 when he claimed on CNN that he was “shot at” inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone.
“Let’s start telling the truth,” he said at the time. “Number one, you take all the troops out — you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at. You better make sure you have protection for them, or let them die, number one.”
Biden later clarified, “I was near where a shot landed.”
“When asked for a detailed account of the experience, Biden described three incidents on two separate Iraq trips in which he felt that he was shot at or might have been shot at,” The Hill reported at the time. “Only one of them took place inside the Green Zone, he said and involved a ‘shot’ landing outside the building where he and other senators were staying. He added that the vehicle he was traveling in the day before might also have been hit. … Thinking about it now, he said, a more accurate comment would have been: ‘I was near where a shot landed.’”
Hillary Clinton also has a history of promoting false stories. Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The incident mirrors another with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In March 2008, giving a foreign policy speech on Iraq about her days as first lady and a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia, she said, “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead, we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Right after the speech, she was asked about the sniper fire. “There was no greeting ceremony, and we basically were told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened,” she said.
But a video of the arrival ceremony showed Clinton walking calmly across the tarmac to meet a little girl who gave her a poem.
A week later, she changed her story, telling the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board that she “misspoke.”
The next day, she told reporters: “So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.”
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