Fact check: A look at Biden’s first year in misrepresentations
Biden’s fanciful or embellished stories about his own history were the most memorable lies of his first year in office. They weren’t the only ones though.
The president has also made multiple misrepresentations on important political issues, including three topics that have taken up much of his time: the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the economy and the Covid-19 pandemic.
And Biden got it wrong time and time again when he spoke about a wide assortment of facts and figures — sometimes in ways that seemed unintended, but other times in ways that helped him get it right. make a political point.
So Biden is not Trump. That said, dozens of false statements by the President of the United States are no small feat. And given that Biden added dozens of other claims that were misleading or lacking in important context, he provided more than enough material to keep fact-checkers on their toes.
Here’s a summary of Biden’s first year in vagueness. The White House declined to comment for this article; he has already commented for individual fact checks on some of the false claims we discuss again below.
Misrepresentation of own past
And Biden told two different inaccurate stories while trying to emphasize his connection to the Jewish community.
False claims about Afghanistan
Misrepresentations about the economy
The state of the economy was a key rhetorical battleground between Biden and his critics: He argued it was thriving; they argued it was a failure. And while both sides often cited valid data points, the president also made false claims to bolster his case.
False statements about the Covid-19 pandemic
But Biden has also made a few false claims on this topic.