(CNSNews.com) - Who's lying? Republicans are, according to President Joe Biden, who -- according to the Democrat-friendly New York Times -- "spins yarns that often unravel."
In a teleconference fund-raiser on Thursday, Biden said the midterm election is "not a referendum" on Democrat leadership -- "it's a choice," he insisted.
"And this is not your father’s Republican Party," Biden said, according to the White House transcript.
"This is not traditional, conservative Republicans. These are a group of folks — over 270 people running for state and local office on the Republican ticket say that they’re — what I call the 'MAGA Republicans.' They’re the guys who don’t acknowledge that we won the election last time still. Lying like the devil.
"And they’re also the ones who were out there making the case that -- not only that, but the insurrection that took place on January 6th — the people engaged in it were patriots. You know, you can’t call yourself a democrat with a 'small d' – democracy — if the only time you win — you say you win is if you actually win because either the election was — you either win it or it was stolen.
"Or you can’t be calling yourself much of a — a patriot if you call the people who were breaking down the doors — literally, the doors and the windows of the Congress and two cops ended up dying — you can’t call yourself a patriot if, in fact, you’re arguing that the folks who broke in were the true patriots.”
The only person killed on January 6 was a protester, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a police officer as she climbed through a window. Four other people died of natural causes, including one police officer.
The D.C. Medical Examiner says Capitol Police Office Brian Sicknick died of natural causes following the riot. And press reports say four police officers who were at the Capitol on January 6 committed suicide much later.
'Embellishing' vs. lying
According to a New York Times article published on Oct. 10, 2022, "President Biden has been unable to break himself of the habit of embellishing narratives to weave a political identity."
The article reads in part:
"The exaggerated biography that Mr. Biden tells includes having been a fierce civil rights activist who was repeatedly arrested. He has claimed to have been an award-winning student who earned three degrees. And last week, speaking on the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico, he said he had been “raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically.”
F”or more than four decades, Mr. Biden has embraced storytelling as a way of connecting with his audience, often emphasizing the truth of his account by adding, “Not a joke!” in the middle of a story. But Mr. Biden’s folksiness can veer into folklore, with dates that don’t quite add up and details that are exaggerated or wrong, the factual edges shaved off to make them more powerful for audiences.
Mr. Biden’s instances of exaggeration and falsehood fall far well short of those of his predecessor…Former President Donald J. Trump lied constantly…Mr. Biden’s fictions are nowhere near that scale…”
The article adds that Biden’s “stories” have been “repeatedly and publicly challenged, as far back as his 1987 campaign for president, when his attempts to adopt someone else’s life story as his own, and his false claims about his academic record, forced him to withdraw.”