Updated September 24, 2021
Just over 100 days into his time in the White House and the end to President Joe Biden’s lies is nowhere in sight. Here is part two of The Federalist’s rigorous coverage keeping the Biden administration accountable with substantive fact-checking throughout the president’s tenure.
Biden Amplifies Border ‘Whip’ Lie
President Joe Biden deepened his administration’s lies that mounted Border Patrol agents used “whips” against Haitian migrants at the southern U.S. border on Friday by claiming that “people were being strapped” and run over by horses.
“It was horrible to see. To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It’s outrageous,” Biden claimed.
The president repeated the administration’s promise to conduct an investigation into the incident, which started after footage and photos on social media went viral, and said that the people involved “will pay.” The White House already announced that Border Patrol in Del Rio would no longer use horses.
Biden on the lie that border patrol were using whips on illegal immigrants at the border:
"To see people treated like they did? Horses running them over? People being strapped? It's outrageous. I promise you, those people will pay." pic.twitter.com/Jx79KoYTy9
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 24, 2021
The photographer who took some of the photos that circulated to further the false narrative admitted on Friday that he never saw Border Patrol use the leather against anyone.
“I’ve never seen them whip anyone,” Paul Ratje told KTSM. “He was swinging it, but it can be misconstrued when you’re looking at the picture.”
NEW: The photographer who took the now infamous photos of mounted Border Patrol agents in Del Rio says he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone and the photos are being misconstrued.
However, the false narrative is off and running. @FoxNews https://t.co/scwhoqOqYS
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 24, 2021
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas previously said that despite viral claims amplified by the White House, Democrats, and the corporate media, Border Patrol agents were not whipping Haitian migrants who illegally crossed the border into the United States. One day later, Mayorkas changed his tune and told CNN viewers, “[I was] horrified by what I saw.”
“One cannot weaponize a horse to aggressively attack a child. That is unacceptable. That is not what our policies and our training require. … Let me be quite clear: That is not acceptable,” Mayorkas claimed. “Any mistreatment or abuse of a migrant is unacceptable, is against Border Control policy, training, and our department’s values.”
Biden Administration Scales Back COVID Treatments After Promising Them to States
The Biden administration is cutting back on sending free doses of monoclonal antibodies to red, southern states where they were used as a highly effective treatment for COVID-19 patients.
In a new policy shift, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the distribution of monoclonal antibodies to states will now be centralized, moving away from the previous process which was based on direct orders and demand — an action that will almost certainly cut the number of treatments sent to southern, Republican-led states.
Days before the HHS announcement, Biden promised that the administration would “increase the average pace of shipment across the county of free monoclonal antibody treatments by another 50 percent.” The White House also pledged in the president’s “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan that the administration would implement this change in September.
“Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people at risk of developing severe disease. As hospital systems experience increased COVID-19 cases, many have identified monoclonal antibody treatment as a key tool to improve health outcomes, prevent hospitalizations and reduce the strain on overburdened hospitals,” the plan reads.
The Biden COVID plan posted on the White House website on September 9 is even more clear. Said the 50% increase would be *in September*. It's still there!https://t.co/h6WSxhelHF pic.twitter.com/jsaZwTGp3q
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 16, 2021
Biden Blames COVID-19 Case Spike on Unvaccinated
Biden blamed the United States’ most recent COVID-19 spike on people who haven’t received their dose of the shot.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden said in a speech, also tweeting that “people are dying and will die from COVID-19 who don’t have to.”
“If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it now. It could save your life and the lives of those you love,” he wrote.
The pandemic of the unvaccinated is a tragedy that is preventable. People are dying and will die from COVID-19 who don't have to.
If you haven't gotten vaccinated, do it now. It could save your life and the lives of those you love.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 8, 2021
Biden Claims U.S. Electricity Will Be Net-Zero Emissions by 2020
During a Sept. 7 tour of the storm devastation left by Hurricane Ida in the Northeast, President Biden pledged more aggressive action on climate change to reach net-zero electricity emissions by 2020.
“We are determined that we are going to deal with climate change and have zero net emissions by 2050, by 2020 make sure all our electricity is zero emissions,” Biden said.
The deadline for any 2020 goal, however, elapsed nine months ago.
Biden: “By 2020 [we’re going to] make sure all of our electricity is zero emissions" pic.twitter.com/MkF9MmTY2f
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 7, 2021
Biden Flip-Flops on Whether Life Begins at Conception
In his most recent flip-flop on abortion issues, Biden said he does not believe life begins at conception.
“I respect those who believe life begins at the moment of conception and all, I respect that. Don’t agree, but I respect that. Not going to impose that on people,” he said.
BIDEN: "I respect those who believe that life begins at the moment of conception — I don't agree but I respect that."pic.twitter.com/OiATYRovzw
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) September 3, 2021
In 2019, Biden said, “I’m prepared to accept for me, personally, doctrine of my church” when it comes to life and conception, “but I’m not prepared to impose that on every other person.”
A lot changed between 2019 and 2021, I guess. pic.twitter.com/3FvsYLhftj
— Scot Bertram (@ScotBertram) September 3, 2021
Even earlier than that, in 2015, Biden claimed, “I’m prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being.”
“But I’m not prepared to say that to other God-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view,” he said before clarifying that he was “not prepared to impose” that doctrine on others.
Biden in 2015: "I'm prepared to accept that the moment of conception is a human life and being." pic.twitter.com/1ZPCVWjxJY
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 3, 2021
In 2012, Biden told his vice-presidential debate opponent Paul Ryan that “with regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as a — what we call de fide (doctrine?).”
“Life begins at conception. That’s the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life,” Biden said.
Biden Claims He Visited Pittsburgh Synagogue After 2018 Mass Murder
Speaking before a group of Jewish leaders, Biden claimed that he visited the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh following the 2018 antisemitic attack on the worship site that left 11 people dead.
“I remember spending time at the, you know, uh, going to, uh, the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” he said.
Here’s Joe Biden talking about visiting Tree of Life synagogue after the massacre there. The executive director of the synagogue says Biden is lying — he never visited. Totally normal. pic.twitter.com/GcFjU2u50i
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) September 2, 2021
The president’s claim was quickly deemed false, however, with Tree of Life Executive Director Barb Feige saying that Biden never visited the synagogue following the horrific 2018 attack.
“Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack,” the New York Post reported. “In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that ‘no’ Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.”
Biden Backtracks on Promise to Stay in Afghanistan Until All Americans Get Out
Just a couple of weeks before the last of U.S. troops left Afghanistan, Biden said, “Yes. … if there’s American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out is out?
BIDEN: Yes. … if there’s American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out.pic.twitter.com/OgOowoNIES
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) August 18, 2021
Less than 24 hours after the full troop withdrawal by the administration’s Aug. 31 deadline, however, the Pentagon confirmed that Americans are still “stranded” in Afghanistan. Estimates suggest that hundreds, possibly thousands, of U.S. citizens are now at the mercy of the Taliban.
Pentagon Spokesman, today: “We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time”
Jen Psaki, August 23: "I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not." pic.twitter.com/syyDJT9P6N
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 31, 2021
Biden Administration Claims It Has Taken Responsibility for Afghanistan Crisis
Secretary of State Antony Blinken falsely claimed that the Biden administration has taken responsibility for the chaos ensuing in Afghanistan.
“Is there anything about the shortcomings that have been so readily identified by all sorts of people that you guys are actually willing to take responsibility for yourselves?” one reporter asked.
“I take responsibility, I know the President has said he takes responsibility, and I know all of my colleagues across government feel the same way,” Blinken said. “And I can tell you that there will be plenty of time to look back at the last six or seven months, to look back at the last 20 years, and to look to see what we might have done differently, what we might have done sooner, what we might have done more effectively. … There’s going to be, as I said, plenty of time to do an accounting of this.”
REPORTER TO BLINKEN: "Is there anything about the shortcomings that have been so readily identified by all sorts of people that you guys are actually willing to take responsibility for yourselves?" pic.twitter.com/vhYxkgtBDw
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 25, 2021
Not only has Biden deflected blame for the United States’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, but Politico reported that the White House and “administration allies have begun aggressively touting the success of their evacuation efforts in the war-torn country,” despite the near-universal consensus that the evacuation was a crisis.
“They’ve framed the operation as historic — in line with the Berlin airlift — declared that they’re ‘over performing’ their own metrics, and trumpeted the president as ‘defying expectations,’” Politico added.
White House Denies That Any Americans Are Stranded in Afghanistan
Press secretary Jen Psaki denied that the Americans who were left scrambling to leave Afghanistan following the collapse of the government and the Taliban’s takeover are “stranded.”
“I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not,” Psaki said.
“‘There are no Americans stranded’ is the White House’s official position on what’s happening in Afghanistan right now?” Fox News’s Peter Doocy asked.
“I’m just calling you out for saying that we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan when we have been very clear that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home,” Psaki replied. “We are going to bring them home and I think that’s important for the American public to hear and understand.”
PSAKI: "I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not."
DOOCY: "'There are no Americans stranded' is the White House's official position on what's happening in Afghanistan right now?" pic.twitter.com/0FEq5VkO6V
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 23, 2021
While the Pentagon and State Department have yet to announce just how many Americans are hoping to get out of Afghanistan and back to the states, thousands are still believed to be clamoring for evacuation.
Sort of makes their touting of total number evacuated less impressive when we have not idea how many of the 10,000-15,000 Americans remain stranded. https://t.co/XwRrRCJe8U
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 23, 2021
Biden Falsely Claims Governors Are Banning Masks in Schools
Biden falsely claimed that governors are banning the use of masks in schools.
“Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout this pandemic, some politicians are trying to turn public safety measures — children wearing masks in school — into political disputes for their own political gain. Some are even trying to take power away from local educators by banning masks in school. They are setting a dangerous tone,” he said.
No governors are "banning masks in schools." https://t.co/48VPx1D0CD
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) August 19, 2021
While some Republican governors and legislatures have taken steps to ban mask mandates and face-covering requirements in government schools, no elected officials have enacted a ban on masks.
Biden Says US Has Afghanistan Crisis Under Control
Biden claimed the United States has the Afghanistan crisis under control.
When interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked Biden about “those hundreds of people packed into a C-17” and “Afghans falling,” Biden not only lied that it was “four days ago, five days ago” but also angrily claimed that the U.S. quickly took control of the Kabul airport.
“What did you think when you first saw those pictures?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“What I thought was, we have to gain control of this, we have to move this more quickly. We have to move in a way in which we can take control of that airport. And we did,” Biden said.
George Stephanopoulos: “But we’ve all seen the pictures. We’ve seen those hundreds of people packed into a C-17. We’ve seen Afghans falling —“
Joe Biden: [Angrily cuts him off] “That was four days ago, five days ago.”
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 18, 2021
Biden Says There Are More Vaccinated People In The US Than the American Population
President Biden falsely claimed that 350 million Americans are vaccinated despite the fact that there are approximately 330 million people in the United States.
“We have roughly 350 million people vaccinated in the United States and billions around the world,” Biden confidently stated.
Moments later, he checked his notes before doubling down on the lie again.
“Well over — what’s the number again? I remind myself, 350 million Americans have already been vaccinated,” he repeated.
Joe Biden falsely claims AGAIN that 350 million Americans have been fully vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/wlpJ9e2G3m
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 6, 2021
Confused Biden Says He ‘Used to Drive an 18-Wheeler’
During a visit to the Mack Truck facility in Pennsylvania, Biden claimed he “used to drive an 18-wheeler.”
“I got to,” Biden said.
Joe Biden, a career politician who has been in politics for 48 years, claims he "used to drive an 18 wheeler.” pic.twitter.com/eOXI9pwF2g
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 28, 2021
While newspaper records indicate Biden rode in a cargo truck for hundreds of miles to “observe truckers’ woes,” there is no evidence that he ever operated a truck himself.
There is zero evidence that Biden "used to drive an 18 wheeler"
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) July 28, 2021
Biden Claims He Was a Professor After the Obama Administration, but He Never Taught a Class
Biden claimed he was a professor in between his time as Obama’s vice president and his current tenure in the White House.
Biden says that he was a professor during the 4 years between being VP and POTUS
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 27, 2021
While Biden was named an honorary professor and led the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the Democrat never taught a class during those four years.
Biden Admin Mandates COVID Vaccines for Medical Employees Despite Pledging Not To
Biden’s Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced on Monday that he will mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health care employees working in Veteran Affairs. According to the press release, “each employee will have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated” before risking termination.
In March, the White House pledged to leave vaccine passports to the “private sector.”
“We expect … that a determination or development of a vaccine passport or whatever you want to call it will be driven by the private sector,” Psaki said. “Ours will more be focused on guidelines that can be used as a basis. There are a couple key principles that we are working from: one is that there will be no centralized, universal federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential; second, we want to encourage an open marketplace with a variety of private sector companies and nonprofit coalitions developing solutions; and third, we want to drive the market toward meeting public interest goals.”
Biden Claims You Can’t Get COVID if You’re Vaccinated
During a presidential town hall hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon on July 21, Biden claimed you cannot contract COVID-19 if you’ve been fully vaccinated against the respiratory virus.
“We don’t talk enough to you about this, I don’t think,” he said. “One last thing that’s really important is, we’re not in the position where we think that any virus, including the Delta virus, which is much more transmissible and more deadly in terms of unvaccinated people, the — the various shots that people are getting now cover that. You’re okay. You’re not going to — you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”
PRES. BIDEN: "You're not gonna get COVID if you have these vaccinations." pic.twitter.com/5x1xfQryIX
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 22, 2021
According to the president’s own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, this statement is patently false.
“COVID-19 vaccines are effective,” the CDC website states. “However, a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it. These are called ‘vaccine breakthrough cases.’ This means that while people who have been vaccinated are much less likely to get sick, it will still happen in some cases. It’s also possible that some fully vaccinated people might have infections, but not have symptoms (asymptomatic infections). Experts continue to study how common these cases are.”
Recent events have also shown Biden’s claim to be false. After flying to Washington, D.C., to protest an election integrity bill, at least six Texas Democrats tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Moreover, staffers in the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office tested positive despite full vaccination status.
Biden Denies that Proliferation of Government Money Is Jacking up Prices
In the same presidential town hall, Biden rejected the idea that the proliferation of government spending bills encouraged by the White House is responsible for climbing prices in the United States.
“You’re pretty confident that inflation is temporary but you’re pumping all of this money into the economy. Couldn’t that add to—” Lemon started before the president interrupted him.
“Look, here’s the deal. Moody’s today — a Wall Street firm, not some liberal think tank — said, if I pass the other two things I’m trying to get done, we will in fact reduce inflation, reduce inflation, reduce inflation. Because you’re going to be providing good opportunities and jobs for people who in fact are going to be reinvesting that money back in all the things we’re talking about. Driving down prices not raising prices. … I sincerely mean prices are up now. … It relates to what in fact is now needed because we’re growing,” Biden replied.
Biden: Our multi trillion dollar spending bills “will reduce inflation, reduce inflation, reduce inflation" pic.twitter.com/NcKVVaBxxZ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 22, 2021
Despite Biden’s claims, economists and legislators have expressed concern that the influx of federal dollars into the economy via stimulus and other spending programs are causing prices of gas, food, and other goods to skyrocket.
Biden Denies Looming ‘Unchecked Inflation,’ His Treasury Secretary Says the Opposite
Biden said the United States should not fear a near future of “unchecked inflation.”
“There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation on the way. No serious economist,” Biden said.
Q: "At what point would you consider inflation unchecked…?"
Biden: "There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation on the way. No serious economist. That’s totally different. Look, the stock market is higher than it has been in all of history. Even went down this month" pic.twitter.com/NLXCssisUX
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) July 19, 2021
Hours later, however, Biden’s Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen expressed worries on CNBC that “we will have several more months of rapid inflation,” a concern echoed by other economists.
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) July 19, 2021
Biden Delivers Lie-Riddled Speech Targeting GOP and Election Integrity
President Biden delivered a lie-riddled address targeting Republicans for blocking Democrats’ partisan election overhaul bill and working to substitute it with election integrity laws.
One of his first falsities was that the Texas GOP’s attempts to pass election reforms would install “partisan poll watchers” to “intimidate voters.”
President Biden peddles the lie that Texas Republicans want to ensure they can send their people to the polls to intimidate voters (read: Black people) and prevent them from receiving ballots. pic.twitter.com/7uDLAYa19E
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 13, 2021
Biden also repeated the lie that voter ID laws and other election security measures are “21st century Jim Crow.”
“It’s unrelenting, and we’re going to challenge it vigorously,” Biden said.
BIDEN: "21st century Jim Crow assault is real. It's unrelenting, and we're going to challenge it vigorously." pic.twitter.com/bRd1zKOkEt
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 13, 2021
The president continued to claim that Republicans were leading the charge against voting rights but also said that “the fact that so many election officials across the country made it easier and safer for them to be able to vote in the middle of a pandemic was remarkable.”
BIDEN: "The fact that so many election officials across the country made it easier and safer for them to be able to vote in the middle of a pandemic was remarkable.
As a result, in 2020, more people voted in America than ever, ever in the history of America…" pic.twitter.com/njxuTrKEDy
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 13, 2021
White House: Election Laws Are The ‘Worst Challenge To Our Democracy Since Civil War’
Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeated the lie that state elections laws are the “worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War.”
After a reporter asked Psaki about the Biden administration’s response to the onslaught of election integrity laws, the press secretary listed off a series of bullet points that the president intends to do to fight back against “voter suppression.”
“He will highlight the work of the administration against this, the necessity of passing the ‘For The People Act’ and the ‘John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act’ and how we need to work together with civil rights organizations to build as broad a turnout and voter education system to overcome the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War,” she said. “This is an opportunity for him to make the case to the American people about how this is a fundamental right.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 12, 2021
Biden Claims He Was An All-Star Player At Congressional Baseball Game Where He Went 0-2
President Biden told a story on how he hit a ball 358 feet at his second congressional baseball game while hosting the LA Dodgers at the White House on July 2. The only problem: Biden, a freshman Senator from Delaware at the time in 1974, went 0-2 at the game.
“Biden was decked out in Phillies home pinstripes last night as he went 0-for-2 (groundout, strikeout) in the Democrats’ 7-3 loss to the Republicans in the national annual congressional baseball game at Memorial Stadium,” read local coverage of the event.
In 1975, Biden was so good he "got stuck in traffic" and didn't start
But he did make sure his press team reached out to Delaware's Morning News to issue a correction so everyone knew he actually "played" in the game pic.twitter.com/rSJ8drCWlm
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) July 2, 2021
Biden Claims That Tuskegee Airman Were Experimented On by U.S. Government
While speaking at a North Carolina event on COVID-19 vaccination efforts, President Joe Biden falsely claimed that vaccine hesitancy among black Americans stemmed from past experimentation by the U.S. government on the Tuskegee Airman.
“The reason why it’s been harder to get African Americans, initially, to get vaccinated because they are used to being experimented on — the Tuskegee Airmen and others,” Biden said.
BIDEN: "It's awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated… Why? They're worried they'll be vaccinated and deported." pic.twitter.com/gt2mcuAGB2
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 24, 2021
The Tuskegee Airman were the first group of African-American fighter pilots that served in the Army Air Corps throughout World War II. The Airmen were not connected to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, wherein over 600 black men were experimented on by the U.S. government to “observe the progression of a number of diseases, particularly syphilis, untreated in black males.” Biden also made the same false claim in May 2021 during an interview with YouTuber Jackie Aina.
Border Lead Kamala Harris Claims It Was ‘Always The Plan’ To Visit Border
During her trip to the border in El Paso, TX after delaying a visit for more than 90 days, Vice President Kamala Harris claimed that it was “always the plan” to address the effects as well as the “root causes” of Biden’s border crisis.
“I said back in March that I was gonna come to the border so this is not a new plan,” Biden’s border lead told reporters.
REPORTER: "Why did you decide that right now was the right time to make your first trip to the border?"
KAMALA: "Well, it's not my first trip… I said back in March I was going to come to the border so this is not a new plan." pic.twitter.com/haqOam6Xvb
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 25, 2021
Despite her claims, Harris was not always set on visiting the border. Not only did her own spokesperson say in March that there were no plans for the VP to make a trip to the border in the “near future,” but Harris also laughed off or became defensive when reporters asked her any questions about whether she planned to address the influx of illegal aliens and less-than poor conditions in detention centers for migrant children.
Harris also repeated the lie that it’s not her “first trip” to the border during this administration. The last times the vice president visited the border was before she was elected in October when she campaigned in McAllen, TX and in 2018 when, as a Senator, Harris protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies in San Diego.
Biden Says High Gun Violence In Cities With Tough Gun Laws Is False
During his remarks on the rise in violent crime, Biden claimed that areas of the US with the strictest gun laws don’t have the highest violent crime rates.
“The gun lobby wants you to believe that cities that have the toughest gun laws still have the highest rates of gun violence … don’t believe it,” the president claimed without evidence.
BIDEN: "The gun lobby wants you to believe that cities that have the toughest gun laws still have the highest rates of gun violence…don't believe it." pic.twitter.com/Vq1flUq1Gm
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 23, 2021
Data, however, shows that even those states that leftist gun control groups have ranked as stricter on firearms experience high levels of the firearm death rate. Even though states such as California, New York, Illinois, and Maryland pride themselves on having more restrictions on firearms than most places in the country, they still experience high levels of gun violence and deaths.