President Biden said he was arrested at the U.S. Capitol during a 2007 “Late Show” appearance that resurfaced on social media over the weekend.
Mr. Biden, who was a senator at the time, told host David Letterman that when he was 21 years old, he visited some friends from Georgetown University and took a trip to Capitol Hill because he was “fascinated with the Senate.”
“You know, I walked in when I was 21 and I got arrested,” he said. “In those days, no guards stopping you everywhere. And they just got out of session. I walked in the back; all of the sudden I found myself in the chamber. I was stunned. I walked up, sat down in the presiding officer’s seat, guy grabbed by the shoulder and said, You’re under arrest.’
“Literally nine years later,” he continued, “as I walked onto the Senate floor through the same door, that same guy, cop, said to me, ‘Senator, you remember me?’ And I said, ‘Geez, I don’t.’ He said, ‘I arrested you nine years ago. Welcome back.’”
A clip of Mr. Biden‘s comments tweeted Sunday racked up more than 260,000 views. Trump supporters pointed to the clip as being “ironic” as hundreds of people face charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Other critics recalled instances in which Mr. Biden has exaggerated similar law enforcement encounters. Last February, the former vice president admitted that he was not arrested while attempting to visit Nelson Mandela in prison during South Africa’s apartheid, despite repeatedly making the claim on the campaign trail.
In 2012, Mr. Biden admitted he was not arrested in an all-female dorm room at Ohio University during the early 1960s.
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