WASHINGTON – President Biden did not visit the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after 11 parishioners were murdered – despite the White House admitting it on Friday.
Biden told Jewish leaders Thursday that he remembered “spending time on the tree of life” and “going to the tree of life,” but the synagogue told the Post that he never visited it.
Almost 24 hours after being asked about the discrepancy, a White House official said in a statement that Biden “was referring to a call he had in 2019 with the rabbi of the tree of life.”
Biden’s first false statement met widespread criticism and was featured on segments of CNN and Fox News.
The 2018 Tree of Life mass shooting was the worst anti-Jewish hate crime in US history.
Biden has a reputation for making false or embellished claims and dropped out of his first presidential campaign in 1988 due to a plagiarism scandal. But his intellectual sharpness at almost 79 years is also often discussed in public.
In a notorious false testimony in 2020, Biden alleged that he “had the great honor of being arrested in South Africa” while “trying to see something”. [Nelson Mandela] on Robbens Island ”, where Mandela was imprisoned until 1990. He said Mandela thanked him for it.
Biden later admitted, “I was not arrested, I was stopped. I couldn’t move where I wanted to. “
Biden left the Democratic presidential election in 1988 because of a plagiarism scandal. He admitted plagiarizing a law school paper and was exposed for using UK Labor leader Neil Kinnock without credit lines.
However, Biden struggled with his memory at Thursday’s event.
The president couldn’t remember the name of the song “Hava Nagila” while speaking about his daughter’s wedding to a Jewish man and said, “My head is going blank now, what song is being played where everyone is sitting in the chair? I can not remember.”
Although Biden falsely said he had visited the Tree of Life, the ward rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers hinted in a statement released by the White House that there were no harsh feelings.
“President Biden kindly called me on my cell phone while I was sitting at Dulles Airport waiting for a flight back to Pittsburgh after testifying before Congress in July 2019,” Myers said.
“He expressed his condolences from the bottom of his heart and asked how we were doing. We talked about the challenges of anti-Semitism, and he made it clear that he would deal with it as President. The conversation meant a lot to me and I will always be grateful to him for his kind words and his continued support for our community. “
Three days after the mass shooting, then President Donald Trump visited the tree of life. Trump was supported by prominent Jewish members of his administration, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.