Biden Takes On Corn Pop

PUBLISHED: 5:26 PM 16 Sep 2019

Biden Fondly Remembers Taking On ‘Corn Pop’ Gang In Teens

The patronizing and frankly incredulous recitation by Biden in 2017 received new life after the incident was recirculated on social media over the weekend.

Biden just can't help himself. (Screen shot Twitter: Michael Harriet)

Joe Biden, who has been plagued with mental problems for the last few years, allegations of creepy touchy-feely behavior, and complete fabrications about the things he ‘remembers’ was the subject of social media disbelief this weekend after a video of his remarks in 2017 resurfaced.

While speaking to a group of people while having a community pool named after him in a Wilmington, Delaware—a historically black neighborhood—Biden fondly recalled threatening to strangle ‘Corn Pop’ with a chain.

Breitbart News reported:

The event started with Biden discussing how his time as a lifeguard had opened his eyes about racial injustice and privilege. It, however, quickly took a strange turn when Biden, flanked by children from the local community, decided to recount a nearly violent altercation he had at the pool with a misbehaving swimmer.

“Corn Pop was a bad dude, and he ran a bunch of bad boys. Back in those days, to show how things have changed … if you used pomade in your hair, you had to wear a bathing cap,” Biden said. “He was up on the board and wouldn’t listen to me, so I said ‘Hey, Esther, you, off the board or I’ll come up and drag you off.’”

Corn Pop, according to the former vice president, did not take kindly to being called “Esther” — an “emasculating” reference to the 1950s swimmer Esther Williams, as the Washington Post noted — and promised to “meet” him outside. Biden realized he had to take Corn Pop seriously when he purportedly saw the gang leader waiting around for him with three other guys carrying straight razors.

This is BIZARRE!
Here’s Joe Biden telling the story of his face-off with a gang of razor-wielding ne’er-do-wells led by a guy named ‘Corn Pop.’ pic.twitter.com/DddRtWgdza

— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) September 15, 2019

In his 2007 autobiography, Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, Biden admitted that he specifically signaled out Corn Pop for violating the pool’s rules to show he “wasn’t an easy mark.”

The former vice president also wrote that his first instinct was to call the police, but he was convinced by the pool’s mechanic, a white former Navy sailor named Bill Wright, that doing so would ensure he would never be trusted by the neighborhood’s black community.

Instead, Wright suggested Biden confront Corn Pop and the others with “a six-foot length of chain.”

Biden, as he described in his autobiography, took the advice, walked outside, and said, “You might cut me, Corn Pop, but I’m going to wrap this chain around your head before you do.”

“I looked at him, but I was smart then,” Biden told the audience in 2017. He said he told Corn Pop, “first of all, when I tell you to get off the board, you get off the board, and I’ll kick you out again, but I shouldn’t have called you Esther Williams. I apologize for that. … I apologize for what I said.”

The apology seemed to diffuse the situation, much to Biden’s relief.

“He said ‘okay,’ closed his straight razor, and my heart began to beat again,” the former vice president said.

The story came back into the spotlight on Saturday after numerous individuals shared clips from the 2017 pool dedication on social media. Many of those seeing the clip for the first time immediately accused the former vice president of fabricating the story. Most notably, Michael Harriot, a senior writer for The Root, took to social media to blast the story as “alien-like.”

Thread: I’m always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race. Many of them have this fictionalized jigaboo version that is almost alien-like. And one of the greatest examples of this ever is Joe Biden’s story about Corn Pop the gangsta.

— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) September 14, 2019

Anyway, during Biden’s Negro Summer Safari Adventure, one day, all of the town gangsters came to the pool.

Now I know what you’re thinking, but don’t stereotype. Gangbangers are NOT a monolith.

— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) September 14, 2019

They told Biden that Corn Pop carried a straight razor and was gonna be waiting for him when he got off work. Now you and I both know that, if this was true, Biden would’ve just called the cops to walk him to the car.

— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) September 14, 2019

When he went out to the car, Corn Pop was indeed waiting for him. But Biden went Clint Eastwood on Corn and told OG Pop from the Romans:

“You might cut me, Corn Pop, but I’m going to wrap this chain around your head before you do.”

Again, that is a direct quote.

— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) September 14, 2019

Although Biden’s retelling of the altercation was corroborated at the dedication ceremony by a former chairman of the Delaware NAACP, those unaware of the fact agreed with Harriot that the story seemed comically embellished if not totally concocted.

Biden, himself, has not done his credibility any favors in recent weeks by downplaying his fabrication of an emotional story about the war in Afghanistan, even after the Post debunked nearly every detail.

Many people have been scratching their heads in confusion over the supposed poll numbers that showed Biden leading the pack of 2020 hopefuls, given his lengthy and suspicious career in politics.