(Headline USA) The Washington Post gave President Joe Biden a “bottomless Pinocchio rating” in a recent fact-check of several claims he’s made while campaigning for Democrat candidates across the country.
On Nov. 3 in San Diego, for example, Biden claimed that he has spent “more time with Xi Jinping than any other head of state,” and that he’s “traveled 17,000 miles with him.” Biden has made this claim more than 20 times and has been fact-checked on it before.
“There is no evidence Biden traveled that much with Xi, the president of China — and even if we added up the miles Biden flew to see Xi, it still did not total 17,000 miles. The White House could not offer an explanation for that number either,” Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote.
“Now Biden has earned his own Bottomless Pinocchio,” he added, referring to the publication’s lowest fact-check rating, which it created during the Trump administration.
Another claim checked by the Post included Biden’s allegation that senior citizens received an increase in their Social Security checks this year. Kessler pointed out that the increase in payments has nothing to do with the Biden administration’s policies, and everything to do with rampant inflation.
“The reason Social Security payments are going up is because Social Security benefits, under a law passed in 1972, are adjusted every year to keep pace with inflation,” he wrote.
Kessler also called out Biden for claiming that gas cost $5 per gallon when he took office. He noted that Biden seems to be using California’s gas prices as the national average, even though they are much higher than the rest of the country’s.
The last lie from Biden was one from last month when he claimed that he passed his massive student loan debt forgiveness plan “by a vote or two” in Congress.
But, as Kessler noted, “he never presented such a proposal for Congress to consider.”
“Instead, Biden relied on new authority granted by the Justice Department — a fresh interpretation of a law passed almost two decades ago, the 2003 Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act, often dubbed the Heroes Act,” Kessler wrote.