(Tea Party PAC) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to get facts mixed up in his head every time he speaks to the public or the press, which is just more mounting evidence to support the theory that he is suffering from some sort of issue that is degrading his mental capabilities.
Biden recently made an appearance on a town hall event put on by NBC News where he claimed that a staggering “18,000 people got clemency” during his time as vice president.
However, that’s not actually the case. It’s the opposite. There were 18,000 people who were denied clemency while he served beneath Obama.
But, as you probably already suspect, host Lester Holt refused to push back against Biden’s whopper.
Via Gateway Pundit:
Defending his inaction on criminal justice reform, Joe Biden falsely claimed “18,000 people got clemency” while he was Vice President. Actually, 18,000 were *denied* clemency while he was Vice President. Oops!
Defending his inaction on criminal justice reform, Joe Biden falsely claimed "18,000 people got clemency" while he was Vice President.
Actually, 18,000 were *denied* clemency while he was Vice President. Oops! pic.twitter.com/iCQVKm1upQ
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Here’s a few more details from BizPacReview:
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who moderated the event, noted that President Donald Trump touts his bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts, while “you and Barack Obama served at a time when you had both houses of Congress and still couldn’t get some of these things done.”
“Yeah, we did, we let 18,000 people were…got…got clemency,” Biden shot back.
In reality, Obama set records for clemencies — both approved and denied. But the figure Biden cited is wildly inaccurate, which matters because his campaign has made focusing on President Trump’s honesty an issue.
“Former President Barack Obama has been widely commended for granting a record 1,927 applications for clemency during his two terms in office from January 20, 2009 through January 19, 2017, consisting of 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. Those figures are higher than the clemencies granted by the previous six presidents combined,” Prison Legal News reported in March 2017, a month into Trump’s term.
“The record number of clemency applications granted by Obama, in part to address draconian federal prison sentences – including commutations for 568 prisoners serving life sentences – will perhaps be the most enduring part of his presidential legacy,” the report noted further.
But this is where Biden’s error occurs.
“Of the 33,149 commutation and 3,395 pardon applications received during Obama’s two terms in office, 18,749 and 506 were denied, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Justice,” Prison Legal News notes further.
Joe Biden just took the number of people who's clemency petitions were denied (18,749) and instead claimed that's how many people's clemency petitions were approved.
— Andrew Clark 🎃 (@AndrewHClark) October 6, 2020
An additional 4,750 applications for clemency were closed with any action taken by Obama whatsoever.
“Thus,” the report states, “in addition to granting a record number of clemencies, Obama also denied a record number. One federal prisoner rejected a grant of commutation.”
Further, “it has been argued that Obama was a transformational leader who ran on the slogan of ‘hope and change.’ However, while many prisoners had hope their clemency applications would be granted, relatively few received a change in their prison sentences.”
This is why you have to keep an eye — or an ear — out for every single word that comes from Biden’s mouth. He’s not a trustworthy individual at all. And even if he’s not lying, he’s so flighty and out of sorts you can’t strut him to tell you the truth.
Doesn’t that seem like a really concerning character trait? Why in the world are so many people supporting this man for president? It’s incredible.