Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, has often touted his early support for LGBTQ rights. He frequently shares a personal anecdote about a heartwarming lesson his father imparted about love between same-sex couples. However, the story has evolved, leaving many questioning its authenticity and Biden’s intentions.
The Three Versions
In his attempts to demonstrate his pro-LGBT stance, Biden has presented three distinct versions of the same story.
While the core message remains constant, the timelines, locations, and participants have changed significantly.
The Comparative Analysis
Pat Gray, a podcaster with TheBlaze, thoroughly reviewed the contradictions within Biden’s claims, calling him out on the inconsistencies that have raised eyebrows.
The Recent Retelling
During a keynote speech at a dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, a major LGBT lobbying organization, Biden shared the most recent version of his story.
This time, he placed himself as a teenager in Wilmington, Delaware, with his father. They witnessed two men sharing a goodbye kiss in public, prompting his father to impart a lesson on love.
Gray and his co-host, Keith Malinak, offered a comedic commentary on Biden’s narrative, questioning how he knew the men’s workplace and playfully imitating “Star Wars” character Yoda to highlight the shifting syntax of Biden’s storytelling.
The Historical Discrepancies
Malinak summarized the different versions of Biden’s tale, revealing a glaring shift in roles within the stories.
In one version, he was a high school junior; in another, he was the father, advising one of his sons after witnessing the same event.
The third version, where Biden switches roles entirely, casts further doubt on the credibility of all three accounts. These inconsistencies have led to skepticism surrounding the truth of the story.
The Washington Post’s “Fact-Checker”
Even the Biden-biased Washington Post’s “Fact-Checker,” Glenn Kessler, raised concerns.
In a March article, he outlined “Three reasons to doubt Biden’s story on his father and a gay kiss,” refraining from awarding Pinocchio’s but allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.
Kessler’s article explored the social stigma faced by gay people in that era, highlighting the difficulties of openly displaying affection.
It also pointed out the inconsistencies in Biden’s various claims.
Biden’s Shifting Record
Biden’s historical stance on LGBT issues, including past comments that suggested homosexuality might be a security risk and support for legislation that would cut funding for schools promoting homosexuality, is at odds with his current image.
Late Support for Gay Marriage
Only in 2012, during his tenure as vice president, did Biden openly endorse gay marriage.
This endorsement eventually influenced then-President Barack Obama to take a similar stance.
Biden seems determined to convey that he has always been an open and accepting advocate for the “LGBT community.”
The Unresolved Mystery
As the public continues to scrutinize Biden’s evolving narrative, one can’t help but wonder if we’ll witness yet another version of the mysterious lesson on love in the future.
Joe Biden’s shifting stories about his father’s lesson on love are a cautionary tale about the importance of consistency and authenticity in political narratives.
As the President, his words carry significant weight, and his credibility is crucial.
The unresolved mystery of his evolving anecdote leaves room for doubt and skepticism, raising questions about the true nature of his intentions.
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