President Donald Trump is clearly feeling the pressure of the impending election. Trump has previously ranted and raved to high heaven about media outlets’ usage of anonymous sources. Among many similar comments, on August 29, 2018, Trump insisted on Twitter that people should immediately “stop reading the story” when an anonymous source is mentioned, because the story is “fiction” if it relies on such a source. This Sunday, Trump wheeled out a new conspiracy theory about Joe Biden… which the president seemed to insist was based on anonymous sources! Trump claimed that his “sources” tell him that Biden “constantly” used the term “super-predator” to describe “young Black Men.” There’s no evidence that Joe Biden ever did so.
Trump tweeted the following message on Sunday:
‘Joe Biden constantly used the term “Super Predator” when referring to young Black Men, according to my sources.’
Joe Biden constantly used the term “Super Predator” when referring to young Black Men, according to my sources.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020
Again — there is no evidence that Trump is remotely accurate. CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale has bluntly explained that there’s “no record of Biden using that phrase.” Hillary Clinton did publicly use the phrase at one point — but again, Joe Biden did not, by all indications. The phrase had “a specific crime-theory meaning Biden didn’t endorse,” as Daniel Dale has explained.
Trump just tweeted that Biden “freely used the term SUPER PREDATOR.” There is no record of Biden using that phrase.
As for Trump? He warned of terrifying “wolf packs” of adolescent criminals and used statistics and claims linked to “super predator” theory: https://t.co/MY6Rauvpdz
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 16, 2020
Trump’s bold-faced lies about Biden’s perspective on black Americans hearkens back to other parts of the president’s lie-riddled campaigning. Trump has repeatedly seemed to be trying to recreate the 2016 election cycle’s particular conditions in the final weeks before this year’s Election Day. (As mentioned, Hillary did use the term super-predator at one point.)
The Trump team has even wheeled out Biden emails in an attempt to drag down the Democratic nominee’s candidacy — but the emails were from a laptop supposedly belonging to Hunter Biden, Joe’s son. The origin of all of the material is not immediately clear. Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are among the only outlets who have gotten access to key alleged evidence of Biden corruption, and those outlets concluded “that the emails and other records don’t make that case,” as recently reported by NBC News. There’s no evidence that Joe Biden was involved with supposedly corrupt business dealings in China, and there’s no conclusive evidence that Joe was involved in Ukraine either, no matter a single dubious email recently published by the New York Post.
View Twitter’s response to the president’s desperate anti-Biden tirade below: