(PresidentialWire.com)- 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, the notoriously unlikeable Senator Kamala Harris, built their campaign on incoherent messaging, half-truths, and flat-out lies. Without an inspiring message of hope, other than simply not being Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris campaign resorted to spreading misinformation through campaign ads and in various speeches.
The campaign published misinformation virtually daily, but there are five lies which are so egregious that they should never be forgotten. Naturally, they largely revolve around Donald Trump, but also make reference to human tragedies like the California wildfires of 2020.
Let’s take a look at the top five lies told by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
- Trump Told Americans to Drink Bleach
In April, President Donald Trump held a press conference in the White House and was accompanied by members of his Coronavirus Task Force. Accompanied by doctors and scientists, the president echoed comments previously made and suggested that scientists were studying the effect of injecting disinfectant into the body to kill the virus.
The media and the Democrats immediately jumped on it as a campaign talking point, suggesting that President Donald Trump told Americans to drink bleach.
In a Twitter post, Joe Biden – or one of his campaign staffers who understands social media – wrote, “I can’t believe I have to save this, but please don’t drink bleach.”
I can’t believe I have to say this, but please don’t drink bleach.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020
It was a reference to media reports and hysterical CNN coverage that changed Trump’s words, interpreting the word “disinfectant” as “bleach.” That was not what President Trump said.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “disinfectant” as “a substance that kills bacteria, used for cleaning.”
Bleach, therefore, is a disinfectant but not all disinfectant is bleach. And, as scientists noted at the time, experiments were taking place using various substances designed to kill the virus in the lungs, including the use of UV light.
- Trump Called Neo-Nazis “Fine People”
During his 2020 Democratic National Convention speech, Joe Biden claimed that President Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people.” It is a claim repeated by Biden on numerous occasions but one that has been debunked by left-wing and right-wing sources several times already. Biden even claimed that hearing this comment was the reason he decided to run for president.
Trump made the comment during a press conference after the Charlottesville protests, where far-right extremists co-opted a rally that opposed the tearing down a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Discussing the rally, and the confrontations between pro-statue and anti-statue campaigners, President Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides.
What Biden didn’t note, however, is that President Donald Trump also said in the same press conference, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
- CA Fires Caused by Climate Change
In a statement on Sunday, September 13, 2020, Joe Biden’s campaign team explained how Biden would attend a speaking event in which he would “discuss the threat that extreme weather events pose to Americans everywhere, how they are both caused by and underscore the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis.”
The fires that raged through California in summer 2020, however, were not caused by climate change.
The truth, however, is that drought would have occurred without climate change and that a lack of properly managed controlled burns mean forests are more susceptible to natural fires.
Climate change or no climate change, scientists say somewhere between 500,000 and 4M acres of forest land need to burn *annually* in California.
Doing that requires moving beyond the pyrophobia, alarmism, and politicization that got us into this mess in the first place.
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) September 11, 2020
What’s more, scientists agree that between 500,000 and 4 million acres of forest must naturally burn in California anyway. Who in California can remember a year without forest fires?
- Trump Will Take Away Social Security
In September 2020, a Biden campaign ad claims that President Trump plans to cut social security. The ad reads:
“The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration just released an analysis of Trump’s planned cuts to Social Security. Under Trump’s plan, Social Security would become permanently depleted by the middle of calendar year 2023. If Trump gets his way, Social Security benefits will run out in just three years from now. Don’t let it happen. Joe Biden will protect Social Security.”
Biden also made similar claims about the president in August, with a social media post suggesting that “Donald Trump says he will ‘terminate’ Social Security if reelected.”
The claim was invented after President Donald Trump announced that he would defer payroll taxes for some Americans as part of a coronavirus economic relief strategy, but when speaking to reporters, President Trump confirmed that it would have “zero impact on Social Security” and that he would “protect Social Security.”
Neither Biden nor Harris provided any evidence for their claim.
- Trump Called Fallen Soldiers “Losers”
Finally, perhaps one of the most egregious lies told by the Biden-Harris campaign took the form of promoting an unverifiable and baseless claim that President Donald Trump called fallen American soldiers in a Parisian cemetery “suckers” and “losers.”
In early September, Biden slammed President Trump as “disgusting” over the claims, which were originally published by The Atlantic. The report used anonymous sources to claim that President Trump made the comments during a visit to France, but nobody went on the record to verify it and even people who do not see eye to eye with the president – like former National Security Adviser John Bolton – said that the claims were false.
But that didn’t stop Biden using it in a campaign ad.