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Biden Repeats Previously Debunked Story For The Seventh Time

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President Joe Biden likes to talk about his life and has done so on many occasions, but the problem he often has is telling the truth while recounting those life events.

He did so again at an event in Ohio on Friday where he told a story for the seventh time that has been debunked and fact-checked into oblivion.

Appearing on stage with Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and retiring Rob Portman (R) at the launch of the Additive Manufacturing Forward initiative, Biden told the story of his friend and former rail worker Angelo Negri, according to the Daily Mail:

He appears to shift the date of the meeting from his last retelling, where he claimed it happened in 2015, to before the death of his mother in January 2010, when he was Vice President.

Negri retired as an Amtrak conductor in 1993, according to his 2014 obituary. That is long before Biden was elected vice president in 2008. In one re-telling, Biden claimed to have hit the milestone in 2015 – a year after Negri’s death.

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On Saturday, Biden opened the story by addressing Brown in particular: ‘You’d get a kick out of this, Sherrod.’

“I was – the Secret Service doesn’t like me taking the train because it stops too many places,” Biden recounted. “And so I was riding home though to see my mom who was living with me because she was in hospice.”

“And on a Friday, a guy named Angelo Negri, a conductor, senior conductor, walked up and said, ‘Joey, baby!’ – grabbed my cheek. I thought he was gonna shoot him. He goes, ‘Joey!’ I said, ‘Ang!’ I said, ‘He’s okay, he’s a friend.’ True story,” said the president

“'[Angelo] said, ‘What’s all this I read in the paper? You travel over a million miles on Air Force planes.”

“Every single mile the vice president or president travels, they keep a public record of on an aircraft, an American aircraft,” Biden continued.

“And he said, ‘The boys and I were at the retirement dinner up in Jersey. So we figured it out. Average 222 days a year, 36 years, total of 269 miles every day. Joey,’ – and I don’t know whether it’s true or not – he said, ‘1,200,000 miles, not counted as vice president.’ So I know a lot about trains,” he added.

The Associated Press is one of the news organizations that have fact-checked Biden’s story, however.

The newswire reported in October: “It is a story he has told many times to emphasize the need for infrastructure repairs, and while Negri’s daughter has confirmed that the two were friends the dates appear to be impossible.”

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“By his own accounting, Biden’s Amtrak miles over the years only surpassed his Air Force Two miles after the conductor who supposedly informed him of that fact had died. Moreover, the conductor had retired about two decades before the conversation Biden claims to have had with him while boarding a train,” the fact check noted further.

Biden’s daughter, Ashley, has suggested that her father may have gotten confused regarding two or more life events, which would explain the factual disparities. But again, this is a story the president has told — incorrectly — a number of times.

To that point, a growing number of Americans are becoming alarmed about the president’s mental status and capacity as he increasingly stumbles through sentences and appears to forget things while speaking.

In an early March poll, a majority of respondents were uncertain about his “mental fitness.”

“Just 45 percent of voters believe that he is ‘mentally fit,'” Mediate reported at the time, citing the survey. “That number has gone unchanged over the past two months. It also tracks with an ABC poll last month which found 54 percent of Americans do not believe that Biden has the ‘mental sharpness’ for office.”

In addition, one issue that had the “most consensus” among those polled is that they saw Biden as a “weak leader.”

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