Another Gaffe? Biden Claimed the Boilermakers Union Endorsed Him - Except They Didn't

Brittany M. Hughes | October 19, 2020
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Whether it’s intentional deception or a genuine lapse in his mental faculties, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden just can’t seem to stop saying things that aren’t true.

Marking just the latest in a campaign that’s been riddled with gaffes, blunders and falsehoods – including claiming he was arrested with Nelson Mandela in South Africa in the ‘70s to saying he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania following his vice presidency – Biden is now claiming that the Boilermakers Union has endorsed him.

There’s just one problem: they haven’t

"The boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me, okay?" Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during last Thursday night’s town hall event, responding to a question over whether a Biden administration would ban fracking. "So the Boilermakers Union has endorsed me because I sat down with them, went into great detail with leadership, exactly what I would do, number one."

But on their website, the union has released a statement saying that the union hasn’t endorsed either presidential candidate, telling union members, “The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has not endorsed any U.S. Presidential candidate for the 2020 Election.”


On top of that, while the union itself hasn’t endorsed either Trump or Biden for president, the Boilermakers Local 154 actually endorsed Trump back in September.

“It is with great honor that I write this letter to endorse your campaign as you run for re-election of the President of the United States," wrote business leader John Hughes in a letter to Trump at the time. "I am happy to support your administration as you have proven to be a true friend of the Boilermakers, and I wish you the best of luck in your campaign."

Biden has flip-flopped repeatedly on his position on fracking, telling supporters multiple times that he would ban the practice before recently coming out and saying he’d do no such thing. While banning fracking wouldn’t sit well with many blue-collar Democrats in the manufacturing communities that Biden needs to win the White House, saying he won’t ban fracking doesn’t resonate with the left’s environmentalist base led by climate alarmists like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and N.Y. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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