Biden Urged to '#TellTheTruthJoe' About Past Calls for Social Security Cuts Amid Bernie Sanders Criticism

Social media users have urged Joe Biden to "tell the truth" about past statements that appear to support cuts to Social Security as he continues his war of words with fellow 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Both Biden and Sanders released campaign ads on Tuesday night amid a clash over the former vice president's history on Social Security.

Sanders, as part of his campaign to become the next president, has accused Biden of frequently backing proposals to cut benefits during his time as a senator.

Biden's campaign video accused Sanders of launching "dishonest attacks" against him.

The video was released after Biden urged the Vermont senator to "disown" a so-called "doctored" video, shared on social media by members of Sanders' campaign team, appearing to show Biden agreeing with former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's view on privatizing the Social Security program.

Biden told a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday that the video had been "doctored" despite evidence suggesting otherwise. A newsletter previously sent out by Sanders' campaign about Biden's comments at the Brookings Institution in 2018 was marked "false" by PolitiFact, saying Biden's comments were taken out of context and "distorts" what he said about Ryan's plans.

"As Democrats, we can't launch dishonest attacks against fellow Democrats," the Biden ad said. "We have to beat Donald Trump.

"Now Bernie Sanders' campaign have released a barrage of negative attacks on Joe Biden. He even accused Biden of supporting Paul Ryan's cuts to social security.

"Bernie's campaign is not telling the truth. Joe Biden has repeatedly voted to save Social Security. He and President Obama beat back Republican attempts to privatize it.

"In 2012, Joe Biden said he didn't support those cuts to Paul Ryan."

I've been fighting to protect — and expand — Social Security for my whole career. Any suggestion otherwise is just flat-out wrong.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 22, 2020

In response, Sanders released his own video which he said proves Biden has advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years.

"Let's be honest, Joe. One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn't," Sanders tweeted alongside the video. "But don't take it from me. Take it from you."

Let’s be honest, Joe. One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn’t. But don’t take it from me. Take it from you.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 22, 2020

The clip features Biden saying in 1995, "When I argued if we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans' benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government."

"And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time and I tried it a fourth time," Biden also said in the video, per the Sanders campaign video.

Following the release of the Sanders video, "#TellTheTruthJoe" briefly trended on social media as Twitter users took side with Sanders and urged Biden to admit his previous views.

Joe Biden has some very serious liabilities in his record. Supporting cuts to Social Security is one of the worst.

It's not attacking him to point those out.

And it's not ok for him to just lie about them.

The media need to hold him accountable when he does.#TellTheTruthJoe

— Kai Newkirk (@kai_newkirk) January 22, 2020

Now what? #TellTheTruthJoe

— Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) January 22, 2020

The people: Hey Joe, what do you really think about Social Security?

Joe Biden: #TellTheTruthJoe

— Anthony V. Clark (@anthonyvclark20) January 22, 2020

I’m old enough to remember when Democrats only had to run ads like this one against Republicans.

I’m glad we have @BernieSanders fighting for what matters most to Democratic voters.#TellTheTruthJoe

— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) January 22, 2020

No Joe Biden went viral because Senator Bernard Sanders called out his lie about calling for cuts to social security#TellTheTruthJoe

— Ilhan Omar is an American Hero (@FlyThaiMMA) January 22, 2020

#TellTheTruthJoe Biden is just what McConnell needs, a corrupt Dem that acts, lies, thinks, and votes like a Republican.

— Barbarism will continue even if civility improves (@IsVolution) January 22, 2020

I'm old enough to remember 2013, when @JoeBiden tried to cut Social Security in a "grand bargain" with the GOP.

I also remember seeing @BernieSanders outside the White House in 2013, leading the fight against Biden's Social Security

— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) January 22, 2020


You Can't run from your your own words and actions.

The world will know you fought to cut Social Security & Medicare.

Unlike Biden, Bernie Sanders will never try to cut such important services as Social Security & Medicare.

It's Past Time to #TellTheTruthJoe

— kyle jones (@KyleLovesBernie) January 22, 2020

"Joe Biden just released the first negative ad of the 2020 Democratic primary, and let's be clear about why: he's trying to distort his decades-long record of proposing and voting for cuts to Social Security benefits for millions of people," Faiz Shakir, Sanders' campaign manager, said in a statement.

"Joe Biden is no defender of Social Security, and a negative ad won't help him outrun his record."

Biden's office has been contacted for comment.

Sanders recently had to apologize to Biden after one of his campaign surrogates Zephyr Teachout wrote an article in The Guardian in which he described Biden as having a "big corruption problem."

"It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I'm sorry that that op-ed appeared," Sanders told CBS News.

Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty