It took less than 24 hours for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign to suffer a catastrophe when he was hit with crushing truth.
And it came from an unlikely source as Fox News Channel’s resident anti-President Donald Trump voice Chris Wallace grilled Biden over the campaign.
“Frankly, you’re at a big disadvantage going into (Super Tuesday),” he told Biden fresh off his big victory in South Carolina.
“You haven’t held a rally in a Super Tuesday state in more than a month. In California, Bernie Sanders has 23 offices and more than 100 staffers, you have one office and your campaign won’t say how many staffers.
And while Sanders is spending $13.5 million on TV ads for Tuesday, you started running your first ad this week,” he said.
“If you get clobbered on Super Tuesday, what does that do to your campaign?” he asked Biden bluntly.
“It surely doesn’t help, but there’s a lot of big states coming up after that,” the former vice president said. “A whole range of states that are still in play.”
“I’m not a pundit, and I’m not being a wise guy, I’m being deadly earnest: I feel good about where we are,” he said.
“I think it’s about the message, I think that people know who I am, I think we’ve now begun to raise money, I think things are picking up but we’ll see,” he said.
Then Wallace went into asking the former vice president about significant gaffes he has made and lies he has told on the campaign trail.
One of them was him recalling a time, that never happened, when he got arrested as he went to visit former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” the former vice president said.
“I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robben Island,” he said.
“After he got free and became president, he came to Washington and came to my office,” he said.
“He threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you.’ I said, ‘What are you thanking me for, Mr. President?’ He said, ‘You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me,’” he said.
A harrowing story fit for a movie, but it never happened. In fact, nothing even remotely close to that happened.
“I guess I should have said I was detained, I was not able to move forward,” when he was in the airport, he told Wallace.
“What I was doing was talking about [was] the fact that I was strongly opposed to apartheid,” the Democratic candidate said.
“What they finally did was cleared out a baggage claim area and took us all through the baggage claim area,” he said to Wallace.
Actually, what you were doing was lying and you got caught. You have been lying for your entire career but it is not going to work against President trump.