The Washington Post’s chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler tried to run interference for Joe Biden after the president falsely claimed during a CNN town hall Tuesday evening that the United States did not have a COVID-19 vaccine when he transitioned into the White House in late January, but it backfired.
Shortly after Biden’s blatantly false assertion made its rounds on the internet, Kessler began his defense of the new president, choosing to explain “how to tell whether a politician might be telling a deliberate lie or just had a verbal stumble.”
Biden said on CNN: “it’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator — how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?” Yep, that’s wrong. Sounds bad. But did he mean it?…
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 17, 2021
Instead of issuing a fact check of his statement, Kessler questioned whether Biden actually meant what he