President Joe Biden turned heads Monday when he claimed he “literally" convinced South Carolina Democrat-turned-Republican Senator Strom Thurmond to vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"I was able to — literally, not figuratively — talk Strom Thurmond into voting for the Civil Rights Act before he died," the president said during a 60th anniversary event for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Biden says he "literally, not figuratively, talked Strom Thurmond into voting for the Civil Rights Act before he died." pic.twitter.com/sUDhrfePg8— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 28, 2023
There’s just one problem with that little anecdote. Well, actually, there are several.
Firstly, Biden - who was born in 1942 - was a 21 year old college student at the time of the Civil Rights Act’s passage, and still a full nine years away from becoming a senator himself (that happened in 1973). So unless he happened to pass Thurmond on the way to the bar bathroom at his 21st birthday binger, it’s unlikely he would have crossed paths with the then-62-year-old legislator.
Secondly, Thurmond didn’t vote for the Civil Rights Act - in fact, he famously opposed it. To make Biden’s story even more bizarre, Thurmond died in in June of 2003 — nearly 40 years after the Civil Rights Act passed.
Some poor intern over at the White House had the unfortunate job of trying to clean up Biden’s story, telling Fox News Digital that Biden had instead played a significant role in convincing Thurmond to support the Voting Rights Act in 1980 - which was still 23 years prior to Thurmond’s death.
Of course, this is the same Joe Biden who claimed he'd earned three degrees in college, had attended law school on a full scholarship and graduated in the top half of his class, and had personally marched in the civil rights movement in the '60s - none of which is even remotely true.
It seems the only thing you can believe about this president is that he has a habit of lying.
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