Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has persistently claimed that in his formative years as a teenager he participated in the civil rights movement and spent significant time at a black church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he attended organizing sessions.
But now people who have been vital members of the Union Baptist Church say they have no recollection of Biden as a teenager at the church, and that he only met the church’s pastor, Rev. Otis Herring, after Biden became an adult.
Herring’s longtime assistant Phyllis Drummond said flatly that Biden did not attend the church, asserting, “No. Not at our building. I think he was probably in Claymont, (Delaware) (or) in Pennsylvania then,” as The Washington Free Beacon reported. Juanita Matthew, a veteran attendee at the church, said she had no memory of Biden’s presence when he was a teenager, adding that Biden met Herring after Biden’s wife and daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972.