Former Vice President Joe Biden praised a group of youth gun control activists Monday, sharing a message where they falsely labeled thousands of diverse pro-gun marchers in Virginia as “white supremacists.”
Biden’s official Twitter account shared a post from the March for Our Lives organization, wherein 13 members of the gun group claimed they had to sneak into the Capitol building at Richmond “secretly” to avoid all the “white supremacists” attending the January 20, 2020, Second Amendment rally.
Biden responded by praising the “courage” of the young activists and calling for more gun control:
The courage shown today by the lawmakers, staff, and gun safety advocates in Richmond is inspiring. It's long past time the calls for reform are met with concrete action that ends our gun violence epidemic. #IStandWithVirginia today, and every day, until the job is done. https://t.co/ouiZVkgzrT
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) January 21, 2020
The group did not offer any evidence that the demonstrators — including minorities upset with such a toxic characterization, and with the state’s governor Ralph Northam facing no consequences for a blackface scandal — held any racial animus or white supremacist views.
Following the December 29, 2019, incident in which a Texas church congregant shot and killed an armed attacker, Breitbart News reported Biden’s criticism of the law that allows Texas congregants to be armed for self-defense.
He voiced his criticism during a C-SPAN interview at the time that the law allowing armed congregants was being signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R). He said, “It is irrational, with all due respect to the Governor of Texas, it is irrational what they are doing.”
After the congregant killed the attacker and potentially saved countless innocent lives, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) commented by calling Biden “dangerous.”
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Editor’s note: The headline and opening paragraph of this story has been updated to clarify that Biden endorsed the students and expanded the reach of their baseless “white supremacists” smear, but he did not explicitly endorse their accusation against the pro-2A protesters.