This has been a terrible week for Democratic nominee Joe Biden — and it just started.
Delaware State University denied Biden’s claim that he once attended the school, saying there are only records of him receiving an honorary degree.
“I got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State,” the Democratic presidential nominee said last October in South Carolina.
“Now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State. They’re my folks,” he added.
The university addressed that claim last week, saying the former vice president has been a commencement speaker on its campus, not a student.
“Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,” the college’s director of news service, Carlos Holmes, told the Washington Times.
He was also “awarded an honorary doctoral degree” in the early 2000s, according to Holmes.
Biden attended the University of Delaware’s undergraduate program, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in political science and history in 1965.
Delaware State University was founded as the “State College for Colored Students” in the 1890s and is located just under an hour away from the University of Delaware. The school is recognized as a Historically Black College or University.
The Washington Times reported:
Mr. Biden, who went on to win the South Carolina primary on his way to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been long accused of making up the DSU connection, but the university’s denial appears to erase any doubt.
The former vice president has been caught numerous times embellishing his biography, including statements that he was the first in his family to attend college and that his relatives worked as coal miners, both of which he later admitted were false.
Mr. Biden has also been accused of exaggerating his record on civil-rights activism, such as his assertions about participating in marches. During his first presidential run in 1987, for example, he declared that he “marched with tens of thousands,” a claim that has been largely discounted.
The 2010 biography “Joe Biden” by veteran political reporter Jules Witcover described him as someone who was sympathetic to the movement but “was taking no visible part in either the local racial unrest or the war protest.”
“It was not until his exposure to black contemporaries as a lifeguard, he said, that he finally began to understand, and then he saw his best engagement as a lawyer, not a marcher,” the book said.
Earlier this month, the Biden campaign named DSU President Tony Allen, who previously worked as a speechwriter in Mr. Biden’s Senate office, to the Biden transition team advisory council.