Joe Biden says he was arrested in South Africa on a visit to see Nelson Mandela. He has never mentioned the arrest before.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is telling a story on the campaign trail about being arrested in South Africa, but there's no record of him mentioning the arrest before now. The 77-year-old has told three campaign events about being arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in the 1970s. The New York Times looked into his past mentions of South Africa and reported that Biden has never before publicly talked about an arrest. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has told a story about being arrested in South Africa during several presidential campaign events in February, but there's no evidence he's ever mentioned the incident ever before. Biden has told the story — in which he says he was arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in the 1970s — at two events in Nevada and one in South Carolina, according to the New York Times. But the New York Times reported that after a deep dive into Biden's memoir, past speaking events, and interviews, they found that he had never spoken about the arrest until the 2020 presidential race. "This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid," Biden said at a South Carolina event on February 11. "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." The New York Times reported that Biden mentioned the 1970s South Africa trip in his 2007 memoir, but made no mention of an arrest. According to HuffPost, Biden spoke about a 1977 visit to the South African Embassy in Washington in 2013 but did not reverence being arrested. Biden said at the time that he met with anti-apartheid leaders, though Mandela was still in prison and they did not have a chance to meet. The Biden campaign has not yet responded to Insider's request for comment. Former civil rights activist and Georgia congressman Andrew Young, who was a US ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 to 1979 told The New York Times that he traveled to South Africa with Biden and did not recall an arrest. "No, I was never arrested and I don't think he was, either," the 87-year-old said. "Now, people were being arrested in Washington. I don't think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa." He said he respects Biden but supports Michael Bloomberg in the 2020 presidential race.
Read more: A look at the real estate of the 6 leading Democratic presidential candidates, from Mike Bloomberg's 11 luxury properties to Pete Buttigieg's modest $125,000 Indiana house Joe Biden's support among black voters is eroding days ahead of make-or-break primaries Watch the top 5 moments of Nevada's combative Democratic debate Biden says he'd 'disown' anyone who made online attacks like Bernie Sanders' supporters Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment
More like this (3)
Country’s swift response is distinct from the handling of the HIV crisis 20 years ago. Have...Country’s swift response is distinct from the handling of the HIV crisis 20 years ago. Have lessons been learnt?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Twenty years ago Nelson Mandela made an impassioned plea for international cooperation on “one of the greatest threats humankind has faced”.Aids was ravaging lives and overwhelming health systems, at its peak killing up to 1,000 people a day in South Africa. Continue reading...
He was the only white defendant to be convicted alongside Nelson Mandela and others in 1964...He was the only white defendant to be convicted alongside Nelson Mandela and others in 1964 for resisting apartheid. He spent 22 years in prison.
Close associate of Nelson Mandela spent 22 years in whites-only prison in South AfricaDenis Goldberg, the...Close associate of Nelson Mandela spent 22 years in whites-only prison in South AfricaDenis Goldberg, the veteran South African anti-apartheid activist who was a close associate of Nelson Mandela and who spent 22 years in prison after being jailed on treason charges in 1964, has died aged 87.A statement from Goldberg’s family and the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust said: “Denis Goldberg passed away just before midnight on Wednesday. His was a life well lived in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. We will miss him.” Continue reading...