White House Admits Joe Biden Never Visited ‘Tree of Life’ Synagogue After 2018 Massacre

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President Joe Biden never visited the Tree of Life synagogue after a horrific massacre in 2018 that killed 11 Jewish Americans, according to the White House.

On Thursday during a virtual address ahead of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Biden told a lie that he visited the Tree of Life synagogue following the shooting in 2018, when a crazed lunatic committed what is considered the worst attack against American Jews in United States history.

“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden said, as reported by the New York Post.

The president’s claims of visiting the synagogue were immediately contradicted by Tree of Life Executive Director Barb Feige, who said emphatically that it never happened.

“In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that ‘no’ Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate,” reported the New York Post.

Mourners visit the memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where 11 people were killed in a mass shooting on October 27

On Friday, the White House confirmed to the New York Post that Biden never had actually visited the synagogue and was instead referring “to a call he had with the Tree of Life rabbi in 2019,” which contradicts Biden’s statement that he remembers “spending time at” the Tree of Life synagogue. 

Yahoo News reported that at one point during the call Biden struggled to remember the name of the song “Hava Nagila” while referencing his daughter’s wedding to a Jewish man.

“My mind is going blank now, what’s the song that is played where everybody is on the chair? I can’t remember it,” Biden said.

Following the horrific attack, then-President Donald Trump visited the site to pay respects to the victims. He personally met with the synagogue’s rabbi, Jeffrey Myers, who said the president exhibited a ‘warm and personal side’ that he does not “think America has ever seen.”