by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The world is, by now, getting used to President Joe Biden’s propensity to embellish the truth, but when he claimed on Friday that he has “been to every mass shooting,” people on social media hit the pause button.
Even CNN tore into Biden with a brutal fact-check that details the magnitude of his shameless lie.
When his metaphorical pants burst into flames, Biden was announcing from the White House Rose Garden the “creation of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention — the first office in our history.”
“I created — by executive order, I determined to send a clear message about how important this issue is to me and to the country,” he said. “It matters.”
“And here’s why,” he continued. “After every mass shooting, we hear a simple message — the same message heard all over the country, and I’ve been to every mass shooting: ‘Do something. Please do something. Do something to prevent the tragedies that leave behind survivors who will always carry the physical and emotional scars, families who will never be the same, communities overwhelmed by grief and trauma. Do something. Do something.’”
“Well, my administration has been working relentlessly to do something,” he vowed.
Second Amendment rights and privacy concerns aside, folks on X seized on the statement — and not in a way the president had presumably hoped.
“Biden has been to EVERY mass shooting!” exclaimed one user. “Sounds like a confession!”
But it will no doubt be CNN’s fact-check of the president’s claims that will sting the most.
“Biden has not been to even close to ‘every’ mass shooting site – even if he was referring only to mass shootings during his presidency,” according to CNN.
“Minutes later in the Friday speech, he said ‘our country has experienced more than 500 mass shootings’ so far in 2023 alone,” the outlet continued. “Biden has made one trip this year in connection to a specific mass shooting. He made three such trips in 2021 and 2022 combined.”