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Biden's Somali Friends

Feb. 19, 2015

During remarks at the White House Summit on Countering All Forms of Violent Extremism Including That of Quakers and Fundamentalist Bingo Groups, Joe Biden said some of his best friends are Muslims. Well, sort of. “Somalis have made my city of Wilmington, Delaware, [their home] on a smaller scale,” he explained. “There is a large, very identifiable Somali community. I might add if you ever come to the train station with me you’ll notice I have great relationships with them because there’s an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine. For real. I’m not being solicitous. I’m being serious.” The Washington Post makes short work of Biden’s buddy claim, noting, “More than 75,000 Somali refugees have settled in the United States since 2004, according to the Office of Refugee Settlement. But the detailed annual reports show that since 2000, exactly zero have arrived to live in Delaware.” There’s also no truth to the rumor that Biden was aboard Brian Williams’ helicopter when it was shot down.

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