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After repeatedly claiming he was arrested while visiting Nelson Mandela in prison in 1970, Biden walked it back Friday saying he meant that he was stopped and not actually arrested.

From National Review:

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday admitted his claims of being arrested during a visit to Nelson Mandela in prison were false, saying he was only “stopped,” not arrested.

Pressed on his repeated claim that he was “arrested” in the 1970s while a senator from Delaware on a congressional delegation trip to South Africa, Biden backed away from the claim.

“When I said arrested, I meant, I was not able to move. Cops, Afrikaners would not let me go with them, made me stay where I was. I guess I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped, I was not able to move where I wanted to go,” the former vice president said during an interview on CNN.

“Well what I meant to say was, I got off,” Biden said, before adding, “Look, I strongly opposed Apartheid, I was one of the leaders.”

“Here’s the deal. I was with a black delegation, the CDC, the Congressional Black Caucus, they had me get off a plane, the Afrikaners got on in their short pants and their guns, led me off first and moved me in a direction totally different, I turned around and everybody, the entire black delegation was going another way,” Biden said.

“I said ‘I’m not going to go in that door that says white only, I’m going with them,’” he continued. “They said ‘You’re not, you can’t move, you can’t go with them.’ And they kept me there until finally, I decided, it was clear I wasn’t going to move. And so what they finally did, they said okay, they’re not going to make the congressional delegation go through the black door, they’re not going to make me go through the white door, they took us if memory serves me through a baggage claim area up to a restaurant, and they cleared out a restaurant.”

 

 
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