World News – United States – Fact check: Joe Biden did not say he attended Delaware State University


Tens of thousands of social media users have shared posts that say Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden lied about his studies at Delaware State University (DSU) This claim is false: Biden did not say he attended DSU

During the first US Presidential debate between President Trump and Biden on September 29, Trump said, “So you said you went to Delaware, but you forgot the name of your college. have not been to Delaware ”(see 27:34 minutes in this video of the debate here)

Messages shared on Twitter (here, here) read, « Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed that he was a student at Delaware State University » or « Joe Biden literally lied about attending a black college … what the fuck is this?!? ! « 

Numerous Facebook posts (here, here, here) link to a Washington Times article (here) with the headline « Biden’s Claim Regarding Historic Visiting Black State of Delaware Refuted by the college « Others (here) link to an American Lookout article (here) with the headline: » Joe Biden Lied About Going To Historically Black School At Delaware State University « 

The articles say they refer to Biden as saying, « I started an HBCU, Delaware State » during a speech he gave at Wilson High School, Florence, South Carolina , on October 26, 2019 before the South Carolina primaries (see 28:55 minutes in this youtube talk video / 6fp9RphjQaw)

Carlos Holmes, a representative for DSU, told Delaware Online that it was clear Biden was referring to the support he received from the school when he announced his candidacy for the Senate on the DSU campus in 1972 (here)

HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (here), of which there are over 100 in the United StatesThey were created before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when predominantly white higher education institutions could ban African American students (here) Non-Black students can attend HBCUs (here)

False Biden did not say he attended Delaware State University during a speech he gave in South Carolina in 2019 when he said he « started » out of the DSU, he was probably referring to the support he received when he launched his US Senate Nominee on campus in 1972

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World News – US – Fact Check: Joe Biden Didn’t Say He Attended Delaware State University



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