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Joe Biden, the former Vice President for Barack Obama, can’t seem to stop putting his foot in his mouth. His newest controversy is a war story that didn’t exactly happen. Not only in the way that he told the tale, the incident never happened.

Now, Biden is trying to justify the gaffe by saying that he “wasn’t trying to mislead anybody.” He should have known that the story that he telling was not exactly accurate. So, how was he not attempting to mislead anyone? This is the same Joe Biden whose first presidential campaign ended amidst a scandal after he admitted to plagiarism in his speeches. Why should we believe his explanation now?

The simple fact is that Biden “wasn’t trying to mislead anybody” about a war story that has been proven to be inaccurate and false. “Details matter in terms of whether you’re trying to mislead people. And I wasn’t trying to mislead anybody,” Biden said to reporters. “My point is, I was there. The fact is, the point I was trying to make, I’d make again.”

The story that he told was of a “young Navy captain.” who had refused a Silver Star for bravery  that Biden was supposed to award while Vice President, on the recommendation of a general, for retrieving, under fire, the body of a U.S. service member.

Biden seemed to conflate three separate incidents and combine them into one story that never happened. How could he have not known this? This was not a story that he told at a Town Hall event, but one that he has repeated repeatedly on the campaign trail.

The Vice President has denied combining three different events and is sticking with his story that the only thing that mattered is a Navy captain refused a medal, because the man that the captain was trying to save had died.

Who are we to believe, a gaffe prone politician, who has a history of plagiarism and making dishonest statements, or troops and commanders, as well as some Biden campaign officials who say that he did mix three separate incidents into one story that did not happen?

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