That year, when someone showed him a political advertisement from then-UK Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock about the working class and progressive social policy, Biden became inspired and began to quote it on the campaign trail.
But Biden was not just quoting Kinnock’s speeches; he was plagiarizing his life story. Kinnock’s father was a Welsh coal miner while Biden grew up in Pennsylvania coal country, but none of Biden’s ancestors were coal miners.
Unlike Kinnock, who was a first-generation college graduate, Biden had several family members who were college graduates and a great-grandfather who graduated college as well and went on to become a state senator.
The plagiarism scandal
caused Biden to drop out of the presidential race in 1988.
3. The Tale of ‘CornPop’
In 1962, Biden worked as a swimming pool lifeguard when he was approached by a tough guy named “CornPop,” or so Biden claimed. In Biden’s
account of the story, CornPop was a “bad dude” who “ran a bunch of bad boys” as the leader of a Delaware gang called “the Romans.”
CornPop was reportedly threatening to “cut” Biden with a straight razor. But instead of calling the police, Biden said he took on CornPop with a six-foot chain.
CornPop allegedly stood down after a standoff.
Biden retold the story at a rededication ceremony in 2017 for a swimming pool and park in Wilmington, Delaware, although there was no evidence that the story took place.
4. Biden Made Up Emotional Story about the Afghanistan War
Biden told a vivid story about the Afghanistan War to about 400 people packed into a meeting hall in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 2019 about how a four-star general asked the then-vice president to travel to the Kunar province of Afghanistan to recognize a Navy captain’s “remarkable heroism.”
“We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”
Biden said the Navy captain rappelled down a sixty-foot ravine under fire to successfully retrieve the body of a fellow American on his back.
“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!'” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!'”
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”
Only thing is, nearly the entire story was made up. The
Washington Post reported that Biden visited Kunar province as a senator, not as vice president and that rescue was completed by a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a Navy captain. Biden also never pinned a medal on that soldier.
For more of Biden’s made-up stories contained in
The Quotable Joe, you can purchase the book here.