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‘Fact Checkers’ MIA After After Joe Biden Tells Whopper About Giving Uncle a Purple Heart

‘Fact Checkers’ MIA After After Joe Biden Tells Whopper About Giving Uncle a Purple Heart

Not only is there no record of “Uncle Frank” winning the Purple Heart in WWII, but “[t]he president’s father died in 2002; his uncle died in 1999.”

President Joe Biden is so notorious for making up wild stories about his history and that of his family that there should be teams of reporters and fact-checkers on standby to document and catalog every instance for the public record.

But unlike how they do with Republicans like former President Donald Trump, the same people who virtue signaled endlessly during the Trump years about how “Democracy dies in darkness” have little to no interest whatsoever in holding powerful Democrats accountable for the things they say.

This is something that was confirmed in so many words by the Washington Post in January 2021, when they told the Daily Caller that unlike the database they compiled for Trump, “we do not have plans to launch a Biden database at this time, [though] we will continue to dig into the accuracy of statements by political figures of all party affiliations.”

We learned it from CNN’s Daniel Dale, too, thanks to tweets like this during the course of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign:

With all of that in mind, we turn to the latest apparent whopper that Joe Biden told about his family history, this one in front of a group of Delaware veterans on Friday during a speech he gave on the passage of the PACT Act, which according to the VA’s website is “a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.”

In his remarks, Biden told the story of his Uncle Frank, who he said won the Purple Heart after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. According to Biden, his father Joe Biden, Sr. asked him after he was elected Vice President in 2008 to present it to his uncle because “he never got it.” President Biden went on to say that when he did supposedly try to present it to his Uncle Frank that he didn’t want it:

You know, I — my dad, when I got elected Vice President, he said, “Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.” He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge. But he said, “And he won the Purple Heart. And he never received it. He never — he never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We’ll surprise him.”

So [I] got him the Purple Heart. He had won it in the Battle of the Bulge. And I remember he came over to the house, and I came out, and he said, “Present it to him, okay?” We had the family there.

I said, “Uncle Frank, you won this. And I want to…” He said, “I don’t want the damn thing.” [Laughter] No, I’m serious. He said, “I don’t want it.” I said, “What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.” He said, “Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.”


The big problem with this story, as noted by, is that Biden’s uncle and his father both died several years before Biden became Barack Obama’s VP:

President Joe Biden appeared to make a major gaffe Friday when he claimed that after being elected vice president in 2008, he awarded his uncle, Frank Biden, a Purple Heart for his service in World War II, but there are some major holes in his story–primarily the fact his uncle died almost a decade before the 2008 election.


The president’s father died in 2002; his uncle died in 1999.


There doesn’t appear to be any record of Biden giving his uncle the honor—the president hasn’t mentioned the story in the past, there have been no news articles written about it and Frank Biden’s name does not appear on a list of recipients held by the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, though the list is incomplete.

As of this writing, neither Dale nor WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler has written a thing about this tall tale, not on their Twitter pages nor their respective “news” websites. Nothing yet from the Democrat apologists at Politifact or, either.

Even if any of them do get around to it, expect it to look something like WaPo’s fawning coverage of another military-related lie Biden told in 2019:

Interestingly enough, that false story was simply another version of the one he told Friday:

As for Biden’s penchant for making up stuff as he goes along, Professor Jacobson sums things up accordingly:

Yep, especially when those in Fact Check World often look the other way when these things happen, or just boil it down to “Joe being Joe.”

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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The Gentle Grizzly | December 18, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Will 2023 be the year when Biden’s slide into senility be so bad thst even his most blindly loyal will have second thoughts?

Reminds me of certain drunken buffoons depicted in Tolstoy novels. But those novels had worthy protagonists. Our real life drama unfolds with only scoundrels.

    Thad Jarvis in reply to E Howard Hunt. | December 18, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Any ones in particular? I’d love to hear your take on Tolstoy. Start with War and Peace then move on to Anna Karenina.

      henrybowman in reply to Thad Jarvis. | December 19, 2022 at 4:00 am

      Read War and Peace senior year in HS. Was baffled trying to keep all the characters straight, and bumfuzzled that all these people were sleeping with one anothers’ spouses and nobody seemed to give a damn. A little past halfway through the book, I achieved enlightement: the cast of characters was actually only a third of what I had imagined, and in Russia, the same person is referred to at various times by multiple names: first, last, and son/daughter of whoever (-vitch). DIdn’t have time to re-read the book (War and Peace, kek) AND get the assignment in on time, so my enjoyment was severely compromised.

        Thad Jarvis in reply to henrybowman. | December 19, 2022 at 11:57 am

        I like Dostoevsky. The Brothers K and Crime and Punishment which I read in college are overdue for a reread. I’ve had a copy of War and Peace for years. but haven’t trudged through it. I’d like to find a version in the original title, War, What is It Good For?

        You missed all the nicknames, such as “Sasha” for “Alexander”. I suppose that’s as obvious to a Russian as “Bob” for “Robert” is to a native English speaker, but such things are not at all obvious if you didn’t grow up with them.

        I don’t recall anyone being called by his family name except with a military rank, and I knew about the patronymics (-vitch or -ova for son or daughter of) going in, but those nicknames are nearly impenetrable.

I do think every lie Sundowner tells then doesn’t get called out the next gets bigger, that or his brain is more mush than the last time.

It’s hard to deal with just how UNLEVEL the playing field is. It didn’t matter what Trump said, he was called a liar.

Meanwhile Brandon lies day after day after day and whatdo we get? Sound of crickets.

Burns me up that the media has gained so much power. Unless something is done, it will be the end of the republic as we know it.

Bad joss.

No one calls him out on it
They don’t care
He can say anything to anyone all BS but they put it out as cute

We are so f-ked

There are no fact checkers because there are no facts to check.

Well what do you expect? This is the same moron who told Katie Couric that “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed….”

… except when the market crashed in 1929, FDR wasn’t president, and TV hadn’t been invented yet…

Lying liars gotta lie.

what a disgusting pos biden is–to dishonor those who fought in that battle (and the many who died there) by lying about his “uncle’s” purple heart award is beyond the pale–and in the presence of an assembly of veterans

and this is the c-in-c?–jesus–biden’s not fit to clean the toilets at the wh


Fact checkers? Don’t you mean stenographers for the democrat party?

Biden lying about his past long predates his senility. Indeed it was what brought down one of his previous presidential campaigns, when he borrowed not only Neil Kinnock’s words — which was completely acceptable and not at all the “plagiarism scandal” the news industry made it out to be — but also his family history. Had Biden’s father really been a coal miner who went down t’pit each day, had he and his wife really been the “first in a thousand generations” in their respective families to make it to university, then it would have been acceptable for him to use Kinnock’s words to tell this story. The problem was that it wasn’t true. Biden came from a middle-class educated family, so pretending his background was like Kinnock’s was an outright lie.

Then of course there was the lie he told for many years, that his first wife was killed by a drunken driver.

And the one about being near the top of his class in law school, when in fact he was near the bottom and was lucky not to have been expelled.

And of course who can forget that great fictional character, Corn Pop?

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | December 19, 2022 at 4:06 am

    WaPo swears Corn Pop is real

    The lie about the truck driver involved in the accident resulting in the deaths of Neilia and Naomi Biden was despicable. Biden not only maligned the memory of the blameless truck driver, who was traumatized by the horrific accident, but also exploited the deaths of his wife and daughter. That lie demonstrated that there was no depth to which Biden was unwilling to sink in order to score a few political points.

    Jmaquis in reply to Milhouse. | December 19, 2022 at 7:18 am

    Also he used one of Bobby Kennedy’s speeches and gave credit to neither Kennedy nor Kinnock, which would have made it acceptable. Then there was the lie about having multiple degrees when he barely squeaked through with one.

    Also, was it possible that wife #1 actually caused that accident as a suicide? Who could live with such a horrible jerk? Fake “Dr.” Jill and horndog Brandon could have already been fooling around and he never has been discreet or the brightest anything and proves that all of the time..

      Milhouse in reply to Jmaquis. | December 19, 2022 at 11:03 am

      No, it is not necessary in political speeches to give credit to the source from which one lifts words. No originality is expected in such speeches, so the concept of plagiarism simply doesn’t apply. But truth is expected, and that was the problem with his lifting not only Kinnock’s words but his biography.

      In the case of both Kennedys, John and Robert, Biden simply recycled a line of rhetoric from their speeches, but didn’t assert any facts, let alone ones that weren’t true. He should not have been faulted for that.

      As for your suggestion about his first wife, and the timing of his affair with the second one, that is pure nasty speculation, with no basis in fact. Of course it’s possible. Anything’s possible. It’s possible that the sainted Ronald Reagan was really a serial adulterer and murderer, and simply was good at hiding any shred of evidence; but there’s no reason to suspect it.

To be fair, a lie is an untruth said while knowing it is untrue.
Biden actually believes all his daydreams are true events that actually happened, so he never lies.

Just like he actually believes all his whims and his signature on all the documents his minders put in front of him will actually be good for this country.

The fault lies with all the people who voted him into office.

No, it is not necessary in political speeches to give credit to the source from which one lifts words.

that’s just too damned funny

    Milhouse in reply to texansamurai. | December 19, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    It’s not funny, it’s the plain truth. Political speeches are not expected to be original work. The same is true of sermons; nobody expects every preacher to write his own material. It’s completely acceptable to simply read a sermon straight out of a book, and certainly to borrow phrases.

If Biden asked for a Medal of Honor for his son Beau it would be given within hours—no questions asked.