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Delaware State University has denied that Joe Biden has ever been a student there — despite the presidential candidate’s claim that he “got started” at the historically black college.
The 77-year-old Democrat made his claim while praising historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) during a town hall event last October before the South Carolina Democratic primary, video shows.
“I got started out of a HBCU, Delaware State,” he told pupils at Wilson High School in Florence, which was founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Bureau for Black children seeking an education.
“Now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State. They’re my folks,” he told the pupils to chuckles.
However, the gaffe-prone politician’s claim came back to haunt him when the university said he had only been a commencement speaker there decades after his start in politics.
“Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,” the college’s director of news service, Carlos Holmes, told The Washington Times.