President Joe Biden was speaking with the students of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University when he said he was arrested during the civil rights struggle.
The president made his comments on Tuesday, according to Breitbart News, who reported that there actually was no evidence that any such arrest ever took place.
Biden’s attempt to garner comradery may well have backfired during his speech to the students in support of Democrats’ so-called “voting rights” legislation which included the John Lewis Voting Rights Act Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
Unfortunately for the president’s agenda, these bills are struggling in the Senate because of their lopsided nature which keeps Republicans from supporting it.
Biden told the students at the historically black institution that getting those bills through would be a defining moment to mark who was on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis:
“The struggle to protect voting rights has never been borne by one group alone. We saw Freedom Fiders of every race, leaders of every faith, marching arm in arm — and yes, Democrats and Republicans in Congress of the United States and in the presidency.
“I did not live the struggles of Douglass, Tubman, King, Lewis, Goodman, Chaney, Schwerner, countless others known and unknown. I did not walk in the shoes of generation of students who walked these grounds. But I walked other grounds, because i’m so damn old I was there as well.
“They think I’m kidding, man. It seems like yesterday, the first time I got arrested — anyway. But their struggles, here, they’re the ones that opened my eyes as a high school student in the late 50’s and early 60’s. They got me more engaged in the work of my life.”