Biden accused of LYING about visiting a synagogue that was the site of an anti-Semitic massacre09/03/2021
JOE Biden was accused of lying about visiting the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were slain in a violent mass shooting three years ago.
On Thursday, he told Jewish leaders he went to the house of worship during a virtual address before the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays but the executive director of the synagogue disputed this.
Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, told the New York Post "no" Biden had not made an appearance there since the mass slaughter.
Gunman Robert Bowers fired at police and was shot several times – but not before killing 11 (including four police officers) and injuring six others.
During his 16-minute address, Biden said: “I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them."
Yesterday, Potus issued his condolences, remarking: "I happen to be a practicing Catholic and one of the things I like about my pope today is that he’s all about renewal and forgiveness.
"And I hope I’m going to get to see him in the not too distant future."
“My daughter [Ashley Biden] married a Jewish young man [Howard Krein]. And, you know, it’s the dream of every Catholic father that she married a Jewish doctor," Biden joked.
“We had a chuppah on the altar… Now some of you aren’t gonna like this, but it was co-officiated by a Catholic priest as well as a Jewish rabbi."
The president said he was disappointed when they played Hava Nagilah instead of his favorite hymn, On Eagle's Wings, however.
“I only asked one thing," he recalled. "And they played, and my mind is going blank now, what’s the song that is played where everybody is on the chair?
"I can’t remember it. Anyway, but that’s the song that was played.
“So you know, I don’t know what the hell’s going on here. I just had one little favor, you know, just that they play On Eagle’s Wings."
'IT'S SO SAD'
Biden also recalled his discussions with the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in 1973 as he recounted his White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett this year.
He said: "She kept pulling the maps down and showing me how many people have died and what happened.
“She said, ‘We have no place else to go. We have no place else to go.’ Well, the truth of the matter is, that’s probably true, but it’s so sad. And we have to make — we have to continue to fight like hell to make sure there’s any place."
Biden's "lie" about his synagogue visit comes after he was mocked for claiming he once drove an 18-wheeler truck.
Three days after 11 people were killed there in October 2018, Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited the synagogue.
They were accompanised by Jewish members of his administration, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The former president reportedly spent nearly four hours in the city as he traveled to the synagogue followed by UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland to visit a room of police officers.
Trump described the mass shooting as a “wicked act of mass murder” that “is pure evil, hard to believe and frankly something that is unimaginable.”
The shooter Bowers was hit with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and weapons offenses, and received the death penalty.
A judge in Pittsburgh recently ruled in July 2021 to move forward the long-stalled proceedings against him.
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