The White House confirmed Biden lied; he had never visited the Tree of Life synagogue after 11 Jewish Americans were killed in the horrific massacre in 2018.
During a virtual address on Thursday ahead of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur, Biden claimed he visited the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg following the 2018 shooting. A lone gunman committed the worst attack against American Jews in U.S. history.
“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden said, as reported by the New York Post.
Immediately, Tree of Life Executive Director Barb Feige refuted Biden’s claims of visiting the synagogue; she said it never happened.
“In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that ‘no’ Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate,” reported the New York Post.
The White House confirmed the president never visited the synagogue to the New York Post, stating he was instead referring “to a call he had with the Tree of Life rabbi in 2019,” this contradicts the fact that Biden explicitly said he remembers “spending time at” the Tree of Life synagogue. However, Tree of Life Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers told the Post that Biden did call him one year after the massacre.
President Biden kindly called me on my cell phone as I was sitting in Dulles Airport awaiting a return flight to Pittsburgh after I testified before Congress in July 2019.
President Trump visited following the attack, paying respects and meeting with the synagogue’s rabbi personally. Meyers said the president exhibited a “warm and personal side” unseen by the public.