White House Scrambling After Biden Claims He 'Used to Drive an 18-Wheeler'


The White House struggled Wednesday to defend President Joe Biden’s claim that he “used to drive an 18-wheeler” truck.

Biden made the claim while he was visiting a Mack Truck facility in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Fox News reported.

“I used to drive an 18-wheeler, man,” Biden said. He then seemed to clarify, “I got to.”

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When asked about the claim, a White House spokesperson told Fox News to look at a December 1973 article in the Wilmington Evening Journal.

The article showed that Biden rode in an 18-wheeler on a 536-mile haul to Ohio.

“There is zero evidence that Biden ‘used to drive an 18 wheeler,'” Republican National Committee Research Director Zach Parkinson tweeted alongside images of the Wilmington Evening Journal article.

“The extent of Biden’s trucking experience is that he **rode in** a truck once, for one night in 1973 (he made sure to return home by plane though).”

Riding in an 18-wheeler is not the same thing as driving one.

When Fox News pointed that fact out to the White House spokesperson, they pointed to a post from the United Federation of Teachers that talked about Biden driving a school bus in the past as a summer job.

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According to, “Most school buses have two axles, with the bigger models having two wheels on the front axle and four wheels on the dual axle, for a total of six wheels.”

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Larger coach-type buses, like motorcoaches, can have three axles, but even if there were two wheels on each axel, it would not add up to 18.

“Truck driver, coal miner, it’s all just nonsense Biden makes up because he thinks reporters won’t call him on it,” Parkinson tweeted.

Parkinson was referencing comments Biden made in 2008 when he falsely claimed to be a “hard coal miner” at the United Mine Workers’ annual fish fry.

This is just the latest in Biden’s recent gaffes as president.

In March, the White House altered a transcript after Biden mixed up the names of the president of Afghanistan and the former leader of the Pakistani military.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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