Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered his stump speech in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday, repeating two familiar hoaxes that have become staples of his rhetoric on the stump, during interviews, and even on the debate stage.
Biden jogged out to the podium at a drive-in theater, wearing a mask, as cars and trucks honked. He slammed Trump for claiming that the U.S. was “turning the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic, even though cases were rising in some states.
He also repeated two familiar hoaxes (rough transcripts):
Charlotteville “very fine people” hoax: Biden repeated the false claim that Trump called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville “very fine people,” when in fact he said they should be “condemned totally.” Vice President Mike Pence refuted this hoax on live television during the vice presidential debate.
When I announced my candidacy, I had not planned on running again, to be very blunt, and I’ve said