Associated Press fact checks Biden, confirms he once eulogized a former Ku Klux Klan leader

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Associated Press (AP) recently confirmed in a fact check that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once eulogized a former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader who also served in the U.S. Senate for decades. 

According to the fact check article, the claim is that when former KKK Grand Wizard Robert Byrd died in 2010, he was eulogized by Joe Biden. Associated Press’ assessment claims that this claim is only “partly” false:

“Biden did eulogize Sen. Robert C. Byrd when he died, but Byrd was not a ‘grand wizard’ in the Ku Klux Klan. He was a member of the KKK in the early 1940s, but later renounced his affiliation with the hate group.”

In a fact check of claim circulating on the internet, the AP disputed the allegation that Biden gave this eulogy for Byrd, a KKK Grand Wizard.

Instead, the AP said that Byrd was an “exalted cyclops,” not a “grand wizard.” It seems that the term “grand wizard” refers to a major leader of the white supremacist group, whereas an “exalted cyclops” is merely a leader of a KKK local chapter.

According to Byrd’s 2005 autobiography, he was elected to the post of “exalted cyclops” after he had success in recruiting members to a local KKK chapter. Later, in 1964, when Byrd had become a Democratic U.S. senator, he stalled and opposed major civil rights legislation.

Later in life he denounced his early political views and called his KKK affiliation “an extraordinary foolish mistake.”

He wrote in his autobiography:

“My only explanation for the entire episode is that I was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision, a jejune and immature outlook, seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.”

When Byrd died, the civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), went on to praise him for his capacity to change.

NAACP president Ben Jealous wrote in a statement:

“Senator Byrd reflects the transformative power of this nation. Senator Byrd went from being an active member of the KKK to being a stalwart supporter of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and many other pieces of seminal legislation that advanced the civil rights and liberties of our country.”

At Byrd’s funeral, Biden referred to him as a “mentor” and a “friend.”

According to reports, this was not the first time nor the last that Biden had great things to say about a person who had racist views. Biden once praised the segregationist Republican Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina as one of “his closet friends” and went on to champion him as someone who believed in America’s diversity.

However, in 1948, Thurmond ran for president on a segregationist platform and led a record-setting filibuster to block the Civil Rights Act in 1957. Allegedly, in the 1980s, he softened his stance on civil rights issues, but never fully renounced his position on segregation or the racially inflammatory comments he made during his presidential campaign.

Biden even once thanked him on the Senate floor for helping him pass laws to incarcerate black Americans for crack cocaine offenses.

Biden was criticized for his eulogy at Thurmond’s funeral back in 2003. In this eulogy, Biden called Thurmond a “brave man who in the end made his choice and moved to the good side.”

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WASHINGTON D.C.– Earlier this month, a bombshell report was dropped by the New York Post that showed damning evidence against Hunter and Joe Biden in reference to their overseas business dealings. 

Law Enforcement Today recently reported that Hunter Biden’s business partner, Tony Bobulinksi, alleges that Hunter gave his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, a share of a Chinese Communist party-linked energy company. 

Bobulinksi, who was listed as a recipient of an email that purportedly detailed a business arrangement between a Chinese company and the Biden family, recently confirmed that the email is “genuine” and that the Biden family “aggressively leveraged” the Biden family name to make millions from foreign entities.

With all of this drama surrounding Hunter and Joe Biden, the former Vice President publicly stated that his youngest son Hunter, is the “smartest guy I know” at a campaign event on Wednesday, October 28th.

According to Breitbart, the Democrat nominee reportedly made the remarks during a surprise appearance at a virtual voter mobilization event with Oprah Winfrey, according to the UK Daily Mail. During the event, only a portion of which was made available to the traveling press, Biden opened up on how his children convinced him to accept the number two slot on the Democrat ticket in 2008.

Biden said: 

“So I got off the train, went home, true story. And we sat down … and I had my deceased son Beau, who was then the Attorney General of the state of Delaware. And I had my son. Hunter is the smartest guy I know,” 

Taking a look at all of the information that has been released recently from Hunter Biden’s emails, I don’t know if classifying him as the “smartest” guy would be the correct adjective to use. This also does not give much confidence on who Biden’s cabinet picks would be if he wins the upcoming election, considering Hunter, of all people, is the “smartest guy he knows.”

The laptop was supposedly dropped off by Hunter at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 after being subject to water damage. When no one returned to pick it up, a technician at the shop claims to have gone through the hard drive sometime in the summer of 2019 and proceeded to share it with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Breitbart reported.

Again, most people who are involved in allegedly corrupt dealings with foreign businesses, do not willingly turn their laptops over to a total stranger, and then forget to pick it up. I don’t know if that is the “smartest” decision. 

LET reported that in December of 2019, the FBI seized the laptop and began an investigation. Former Fox News reporter Adam Housley suggests that the investigation by the FBI has been ongoing since December of 2019.

On October 20, Housley announced that he had received information from numerous FBI sources that the investigation had been ongoing. He tweeted:

“Breaking: Multiple FBI sources…The FBI investigation into the laptop has been ongoing since December of 2019…there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. A lot.  There is a massive amount of info.

“From multiple agents: “They knew right away it wasn’t a Russia operation. It went right to the top of the FBI because a Biden name was attached. That’s normal with any well known name. The question that needs asking, why wasn’t any info about Russia/Ukraine shared with Congress?”

Since the news of the emails broke, the Democratic Presidential Candidate has been very tight lipped about the entire situation. Additionally, you will see very few major media outlets reporting on the indecent, calling it a “waste of time.” 

There have also been instances where social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have closed down accounts, for reporting on the story at all.

Wikipedia even went as far as to call the entire story a “conspiracy theory,” despite the fact that there is actual physical evidence to indicate that by all accounts these events between Hunter, Joe and the foreign businesses actually took place. 

It seems daily, more and more information is coming to light about the Biden email scandal, and with every new revelation, Hunter might be moving further and further down the ladder as the “smartest guy.”

 

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